California

The Chemung Mine located just outside of Bridgeport, CA is just one of many great California 4x4 Trails.  Photograph by James L Rathbun
The Chemung Mine located just outside of Bridgeport, CA is just one of many great California 4×4 Trails. Photograph by James L Rathbun

California offers some great history and 4×4 destinations. The state boasts a history going back over 10,000 years with the Native Americans and was discovered by the Europeans in 1542. Since then, the state has seen dramatic population explosions and financial booms with the discovery of gold at Sutters Mill in 1848. California 4×4 trails allow the explorer an opportunity to see history and some outstanding landscapes. The great photographer Ansel Adams made his home here.

Thunderstorm in Death Valley National Park
Thunderstorm in Death Valley National Park

The southern half of California is mostly an arid land, while the central and eastern sections of the state feature some of the best mountain ranges in the world. The High Sierra range dissects the state down the middle and features Mt. Whitney at over 14,000 feet in elevation. Ever diverse, just about 120 miles away to the east, Death Valley features the second lowest elevation on Earth. The high peaks of the White Mountains host the oldest living tree, the Bristle Cone pine tree, and the coastal forests and western slopes of the High Sierra feature the worlds largest Redwood trees.

A Bristlecone Pine (not the oldest) located in the White Mountains, CA
A Bristlecone Pine (not the oldest) located in the White Mountains, CA

The western side of the state, features the higher population growth areas and the Golden State coastal landscapes are world famous for good reason. California is a large state with diverse landscapes, weather, people, culture and history.

The Merced River flowing through Yosemite Valley.
The Merced River flowing through Yosemite Valley.

California 4×4 Trails

California 4×4 Destinations

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California Ghost Towns

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Ballarat California: 36.047800, -117.225000
Leadfield California: 36.847878, -117.060753
Bodie California: 38.211500, -119.013000
Chemung California: 38.350087, -119.149947
Chloride City: 36.706600, -116.882000
Greenwater California: 36.272023, -116.448592
Harrisberg California: 36.362400, -117.107000
Skidoo California: 36.435500, -117.148000
Masonic California: 38.354126, -119.116859
Goffs California: 34.919200, -115.063000
Cerro Gordo California: 36.537700, -117.795000
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Ballarat California
Ballarat California
Ballarat California, United States of America
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Leadfield California
Leadfield California
Titus Canyon Road California, United States of America
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Bodie California
Bodie California
Bodie California, United States of America
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Chemung California
Chemung Mine
Bridgeport California, United States of America
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Chloride City
Chloride City California
Chloride City California, United States of America
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Greenwater California
Greenwater California
Greenwater California, United States of America
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Harrisberg California
Harrisburg California
Harrisburg California, United States of America
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Skidoo California
Skidoo California
Skidoo California, United States of America
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Masonic California
Masonic California
Masonic California
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Goffs California
Goffs California
Goffs California, United States of America
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California Ghosttowns

  • Aurora Nevada
    Aurora, Nevada is a ghost town in Mineral County near the California border. Aurora is often mentioned as a footnote…
  • Ballarat California
    Ballarat, California Located in Inyo County, Ballarat California is a ghost town which supposedly has a few residents living their…
  • Bodie and Aurora rivalry continues to this day
    Two towns located in the hills above Mono Lake maintain, the Bodie and Aurora rivalry continues even now, long past…
  • Bodie California
    Bodie, California is the ghost town by which all others are judged.  Located at 8300 in the Bodie Hills above…
  • Cerro Gordo Californa
    Located in the Inyo Mountains on the eastern side of Owens Valley, Cerro Gordo California is a currently a ghost…
  • Goffs California
    Originally known as Blake, Goffs, California is a small unincorporated community located off of Route 66 in the Mojave desert…
  • Greenwater California
    In 1904, a copper strike near Greenwater Spring and ensuing rush to profit caused the formation of Greenwater in Inyo…
  • Harrisburg California
    Harrisburg California is a ghost town is located at 4987 feed above sea level in Inyo County and currently part…
  • Leadfield California
    Leadfield California is a ghost town located in Inyo County and Death Valley National Park and found on the Titus…
  • Masonic California
    Originally known as Lorena, Masonic California is a ghost town located in the mountains north east of Bridgeport, California.  Masonic…
  • Panamint City California
    Panamint City California - 1875 Panamint City California is a ghost town and silver mine site located in Inyo County.…
  • Skidoo California
    Skidoo California was famous in the first decade of the 20th century when gold had been found in Inyo County…

 

California Campgrounds

Important: if you want to have a campfire in California, you need a Campfire permit. http://permit.preventwildfiresca.org/

California Wild Flowers

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