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Old 07-28-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Boondock near Laytonville, California?


I've just been hornswoggled into transporting my granddaughter (next week!) to/from camp at Laytonville, California.
It's on Highway 101 north of Fort Bragg.
Since it's a 1600 mile round trip I'll be staying in the area for the whole two week session.
I'm a dedicated boondocker that's never camped in California and I'm hoping for some suggestions from anyone that's camped within 50 miles or so of Laytonville.
I've checked things out on the internet, but there's nothing like advice from folks who've been there, right?
The site for Mendocino National Forest says that "dispersed camping" is allowed- any suggestions re. good spots you've used before?
And are there any such spots along the coast there?
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As you can see it's pretty small so I don't need much room.
I can put that trailer just about anywhere the 4WD Kia TV can get to, and don't mind rough roads, etc.

As long as the ruts aren't so deep they swallow me up trailer and all, I'm good.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!


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Old 08-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #2
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Wish I could be more help----I have not camped that area---but I did look at the map and the coast route Hwy 1 is littered with State Parks in that area. You may have a problem with reservations because they fill up during the summer.

Try California State Parks on the internet and see what conditions are.

I think if you head down hwy 1 you will see lots of places to camp and can inquire along the way. Have a great trip------

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Old 08-13-2011, 12:45 AM   #3
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Hi, I live in Willits CA which is the next town South of Laytoville. Sorry I didn't see your post before, but I did just join here today. The Mendocino NF is ok, but it's pretty far inland driving time wise to get to nice up country areas. I'd head for the coast myself. Cool temps, beautiful scenery. The Sinkyone Wilderness adjacent to Westport is vehicle accessable and is pretty much due West of Laytonville. You could either go West from Leggett and come out right there in Westport near the Park. Or go West from Willits on Hwy 20, then North on 1 to Westport. Either way is good roads, winding curves, but good paved roads. Leggett route would have waaaaay less cars on it.

I just re-read your post and I am thinking you are probably already up in the area and likely won't see this till it's too late :-(

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Old 08-25-2011, 11:12 AM   #4
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Hi, Ruck!

You're right- I just got back last night- but guess what?
I camped right in your backyard!
The Jackson State Forest on Hwy. 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg is beautiful, and has FREE campgrounds- plus, it's situated between the fog at Fort Bragg and the heat farther inland.
The perfect climate, as far as I'm concerned...
I stayed at "Dunlap" campground for a week- that one even has a Camp Host named Gene who is most friendly and helpful.


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Free camps east of Fort Bragg

On Hwy20 about 15 miles east of Ft. Bragg in the hills are two camps. One is Dunlop and the other is Big River. They are both free with 14 day limit.
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