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.
Stuck in Michigan for the foreseeable future, my ol lady got herself busted by the pigs so I've got to stick around through court and whatever jail time she may get...need a good spange spot in Grand Rapids...can anyone point me in a direction?