North fork Feather River above Whiskey Flats or Butte Creek above Centerville or further up highway 32. Apparently Redding environs is pretty much ablaze at the moment. The area I mentioned is Lassen foothills - I had a lot of great camping experience there, but Snorting Nitrons is absolutely correct: pretty much ~1 hour's drive from wherever you land you can find hideaway wilderness. Last I heard, Tuolumne Meadows is still open & that is some fantastic country.
usually within a short hike, depends on your spot, it's washington the water falls from the sky . put out a tarp and catch all the water you need, and then some. oh, yaeh, lotsa water. if you hike up peabody creek trail the trail is well on a creek. but seriously, even up in the foothills 3 miles up Hurrican Ridge road, I had/have 2 fiva gallon water containers that I would fill at a creek about a ten min hike. Olympics have glaciers and lotsa melt, especially since everything is melting.
If you end up going to Port Angeles there's this old dude who lives right off Discovery Bike Trail who lets cyclists and travelers stay on his land for free and feeds them pizza from his pizza oven. Its somewhere between Agnew and Port Angeles and theres signs at his driveway. I've stayed there twice now. His name is Lonnie.
Port Townsend is very artistic tolerant in the canned liberal ideal of art: impressionism. However, there is a really cool infoshop that welcomes travellers in the midst of this yuppie liberal mini-mecca, right downtown. Port Angeles is much more blue collar logger type of folks, but they do have a couple really good coffeeshops that have lotsa plugs one is across from the Safeway and next to a bike shop that has really good service and not to expensive, on Lincoln st. If you head there from Olympia you can get there easy for around 10 bucks on public transit, take a bus to shelton, then a bus to brinion then a bus to port townsend then a bus to sequim then a bus to port angeles. There is also a Safeway by the bus station in Port Townsend if you are on food stamps. I always planned my meals by that.
On wednesdays in port angeles the methodist church by the library has a free meal, last time I was there. Also there is a cheap hostel if you have a few extra bucks with a cool keeper.
I live up this way and it probably doesn’t get really bad as far as weather until late fall
I squatted an actual campsite on Whidbey Island in Coupeville, especially on weekdays it’s really quiet and private and no one checks to see if you actually paid for your site. If anyone wants the location, let me know.
Thank you everyone for giving your favorite spots. I’m going to look back at this thread and try to go to as much spots mentioned as I can when I return to the mainland this spring. I have heard and seen a lot of great things around port Angeles.
So I had a bunch of free Metrolink tickets, so yesterday first I took Coaster from San Diego to Oceanside, then used them to go all the way from Oceanside to Simi Valley (covering 150 miles in a day). I decided to stay with my SO again a couple of days as I came down pretty sick with cold and also need to buy some gear for the record breaking cold in CA. Soon enough I’ll head to Ventura and hitch from there!
Just over a month and a half until I plan to hit the road here in New Zealand. Figuring out what I need to store and what I need to sell. Anyone thats currently travelling got an Instagram? Looking to follow some fellow misfits in the mean time!