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i've got gold fever, i want to get into gold country and find some creeks few people ever get to.

suppose i go driving down some small roads like this one here,-120.664892,16z
then assuming there are no fences or private property signs posted, is there anything to stop you driving off road a bit into the trees and camping out for a night or 2?

i know about and those places and they look good but i don't mean that, i mean find a nice spot with no one around, get off the road a bit and camp out for a night or 2. is that ok? what's the worst that can happen if someone comes by to complain?

i just found this
Dispersed Camping
Eldorado National Forest

If you like to camp “away from it all”, but you prefer to drive there in your car, the National Forests have just what you are looking for.
Most of the land in the National Forest is open to camping free of charge which is referred to as “dispersed” camping. Visitors can camp just about anywhere in the national forest, unless specifically prohibited*.

Maps and staff are available at most Forest Service offices to assist visitors in finding a suitable spot. Not being in a developed campground
means that there will not be certain conveniences:

No piped water: boil any lake, stream or spring water for 5 minutes, or bring your own water.

No restrooms: Dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep to bury waste at least 200 feet from campsites, water sources, or trails. Digging
animals will expose waste buried in shallow holes.
I have done that several years ago 15 or 20 and the only resistance I had was from pot growers and gold diggers "claim Jumping" high banking and stealing pot plants. which neither interested me.
 Yep, nothing to stop you from driving down a small road and finding a nice camping spot. A lot of us do. You just have to follow a few rules which may be slightly different from one forest to the next. A few years ago new rules were implemented because too many people were driving off the roads and causing damage. Some roads have been closed and other have restrictions on the type of vehicle use. Some forests have restrictions on how far away from the road you can camp. It can be as close as 20'. Most prefer that you use a spot that has been used by other campers ( look for old fire rings) to avoid new damage - compacting the soil, destroying native plant growth, etc.

 Check for more information on road use in each forest -  

Get a forest service or blm map that shows their land, generally dispersed camping is allowed on it.
I would be EXTREMELY worried about growers defending their plots.

Many people have vanished in N. CA wilderness. Talk to the LEO about your plans to make sure on the safety of the local befor you go. There are war zones out there.
Steve, check the member list for HighDesertRanger. I believe he's done (does) a lot of prospecting in CA.
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(04-24-2015, 11:10 AM)GotSmart Wrote: [ -> ]I would be EXTREMELY worried about growers defending their plots.  

Many people have vanished in N. CA wilderness.  Talk to the LEO about your plans to make sure on the safety of the local befor you go.  There are war zones out there.

is it really that serious? if i'm not there to steel their weed, why would they care? and what's a 'LEO'?
Yeah, growers are that serious. They don't ask ahead of time whether you're a thief or not. LEO---Law Enforcement Officer.
LEO. Law enforcement officer.

The point is so many of the growers in that area are squatting on government land. They are competing with Mexican cartels for growing land. Shoot first and do not ask questions is the custom. People vanish because they were in the wrong place. I grew up in N.CA, and have school friends that I am still in contact with.

ANY STRANGER is suspect, and runs the risk of just vanishing.

When I was up there last fall, my brother who sells real estate told me he and the company he works for will not deal in land outside the established towns, as they do not appreciate being shot at.
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