NorCal Roadtrips

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Mendocino National Forest- Forest Roads M22/M2- Paskenta to Ides Cove National Recreation Trail

Never heard of Paskenta? Now you know. This is a trek for backpackers who want to take a couple of days to hike a 12 mile loop to Harvey Peak (7,361 feet), with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet, within the Yolly-Bolly- Middle Eel Wilderness.  But first you need to get to the trailhead. Paskenta is 20 miles due west of the city of Corning on Interstate 5 north of Orland and south of Red Bluff. From Corning drive County Road A9 west to Paskenta. From there go straight (west) on Toomes Camp Rd.- County Road 122 which turns into Forest Road M2 when it enters the forest. The first campground you will encounter is Whitlock, followed by Kingsley Glade and Three Prong.

Whitlock

Location: Toomes Camp Rd- FR M2 14 miles from Paskenta.

Attraction: Hunting camp during the season. A place to sleep at other times.

Campsite Description: 3 sites for tents or RV's to 16 feet. No hookups. Picnic tables, fire rings, stoves and vault toilets. Potable water not available.

Season: Late May- October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees No   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 4,300 feet
Toilets Pit   Supplies Paskenta

Information: Mendocino National Forest, Grindstone ranger District, Paskenta Work Station. (530) 833-5544.

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Next up is another small, remote campground, Kingsley Glade. If you continue past it, FR 24N01 becomes FR 24N13 and leads to another small, remote campground, Three Prong.

Kingsley Glade

Location: From the start of FR M2 at Paskenta drive 18 miles to FR 23N01. Turn left and drive 4.3 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Primarily a hunting camp in the fall.

Campsite Description: 6 sites for tents or small RV's. Picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. No drinking water.

Season: June- October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees None   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 4,500 feet
Toilets Pit   Supplies Paskenta

Information: Mendocino National Forest, Grindstone Ranger District, Paskenta Work Station. (530) 833-5544.

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Three Prong Campground

Location: From Paskenta drive to FR 24N01. Turn left and drive to FR 24N13 to the campground.

Attraction: Primarily a base camp for hunters in the fall.

Campsite Description: 6 sites for tents or small RV's. Picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. No potable water.

Season: June- October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees No   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 5,800 feet
Toilets Vault   Supplies Paskenta

Information:  Mendocino National Forest, Grindstone Ranger District, Paskenta Work Station. (530) 833-5544.

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As you continue north you will pass a series of small, dispersed canpsites with no amenities but you can park and pitch a tent if you wish. The Williams, Post Pile, Big Stump and Rocky Camp sites are close together. At this point FR M2 becomes FR M22. A few miles north comes Toomes Camp, which signals that you are in the home stretch.

Next up, The Ides Cove National Recreation Trail, a 12 mile loop trail to the base of Harvey Peak which sits at 7,361 feet in the Yolla-Bolly- Middle Eel Wilderness. With an elevation gain of better than 1,800 feet this becomes an overnighter for most people. Great views are the payoff. The trailhead sits at 6,300 feet. GPS coordinates: Lat: 40.037989. Long: 122.830110.

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