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Old 11-14-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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N. Cal King Range area (Mattole BLM CG)?

Has anyone camped the Mattole CG at BLM's King Range Conservation Area?

Looks tight getting my 34' FW in there but also looks doable in Google Earth. Thoughts?

No longer full timing, but still camping 10 days at a time every other month.
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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My Google search suggests this campground is on Mattole Rd that runs between Ferndale (a very worthwhile visit) and Petrolia. If this is the place, I've driven this road, north to south twice, but never in an RV. It's a slow, twisty drive in a car. But beautiful, isolated and remote. Well worth it. Were it me, and I wanted to be super cautious, as I often am, I'd park the rig in one of the private parks in the area, then day trip it in the tow vehicle. Not only will this give you an idea of the feasibility of the undertaking, but you could probably pay for a site and have it waiting for you.

As an aside, another great drive in the general area is over to Shelter Cove. Though there is a campground, I would never take an RV down that grade. As you start down, signs warn of past fatalities of RV'ers. Great fish and chips. But it has been over a decade.

Finally, please post what you find if you go there. Definitely a place I would love to spend more time at.

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Old 11-15-2014, 12:44 AM   #3
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I did exactly that after I posted this thread. I left our FW at a CG off of 101 and drove the route with my F350 instead. It took all day and with all the weather (Rajan and dense fog at times), I'm beat. Definitely beautiful, remote, parts looked so exotic. I could certainly bring the FW back there but it's a matter of rish vs reward.

I'll post later and give details about two fantastic CGs I discovered.

More to come, going to bed now.
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