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Old 01-19-2016, 03:17 AM   #1
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Looking for some good dispersed camping areas in California

Areas I am most interested in are as far South as Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, Mammoth, Sierra's, etc....I think mountains, lakes, streams, etc where I can do some real boondocking.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:46 PM   #2
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Boondocking/Dispersed camping recommendations for California area

Areas I am most interested in are as far South as Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, Mammoth, Sierra's, etc....I think mountains, lakes, streams, etc where I can do some real boondocking. Any recommendations will be appreciated..... I had originally posted this in the campground section but not a single hit so maybe better luck in the Boondocking category.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:03 PM   #3
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Try -https://freecampsites.net/
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Boondocking/Dispersed camping is allowed on most national forests and most BLM land. There may be guidelines regarding "where" this is allowed so you need to check with the local ranger if you are concerned about it.
In general don't get too close to streams and pick sites that are/have been used previously. Do not go out and bushwhack a new campsite in the wilderness.
On the east side of the Sierras there are good places in the Lone Pine area all the way up to Bridgeport.
Our general plan is to start with google maps and survey the area, you would be surprised how much you can find that way. When we have a general area in mind, we stay the first night (usually) in a paid campground. We go out and examine the areas we are interested in without the trailer. Once we find a good spot we go back, hook up the trailer, fill the tanks, dump with waste tanks and go to the site.
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I like the website, thanks for the tip!!
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Boondocking/Dispersed camping is allowed on most national forests and most BLM land. There may be guidelines regarding "where" this is allowed so you need to check with the local ranger if you are concerned about it.
In general don't get too close to streams and pick sites that are/have been used previously. Do not go out and bushwhack a new campsite in the wilderness.
On the east side of the Sierras there are good places in the Lone Pine area all the way up to Bridgeport.
Our general plan is to start with google maps and survey the area, you would be surprised how much you can find that way. When we have a general area in mind, we stay the first night (usually) in a paid campground. We go out and examine the areas we are interested in without the trailer. Once we find a good spot we go back, hook up the trailer, fill the tanks, dump with waste tanks and go to the site.
That's great advice, thank you!! I'll have to check out Lone Pine area, as I have heard good things about it.
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Areas I am most interested in are as far South as Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, Mammoth, Sierra's, etc....I think mountains, lakes, streams, etc where I can do some real boondocking.
Older thread, but we are interested in the same areas, especially between Lonepine and Bishop. We have attempted to boondock in the Alabama Hills, but after getting the trailer setup in a perfect spot between some rocks overlooking the valley we got chased out by a swarm of bees and ended up back at a pay campground that night (Diaz Lake). We probably would have just gone inside and waited for them to disperse, but it was hot and my wife is allergic.

Diaz is actually a perfect base camp we've found for exploring, no hookups and only water, but it is only $5/night and it is almost empty outside summer when we use it.

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Older thread, but we are interested in the same areas, especially between Lonepine and Bishop. We have attempted to boondock in the Alabama Hills, but after getting the trailer setup in a perfect spot between some rocks overlooking the valley we got chased out by a swarm of bees and ended up back at a pay campground that night (Diaz Lake). We probably would have just gone inside and waited for them to disperse, but it was hot and my wife is allergic.

Diaz is actually a perfect base camp we've found for exploring, no hookups and only water, but it is only $5/night and it is almost empty outside summer when we use it.



I'll have to look into this site.
Diaz lake looks nice, i'll have to add that none to my list!!
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This was taken at Diaz in the fall (November 2014 I think) and there was no one within a couple hundred feet on each side of us.



We had one neighbor pull in 2 sites down at 6 or 7 in the evening and they were gone at 6 am the next morning. We have been there in late fall and late winter/early spring and never had anyone next to us. We have however driven past in the summer and it is very full. But by then it is in the 90s and we head further north up to the Mono Lake, or June Lake area.
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Taboose Creek campground is a county dry camping campground that we love. Near Independence off of US 395 in the Owens valley.
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