Prior to starting a trip one needs to have a map. Trips listed on our website have or will have maps with them. However, one may wish to explore on their own or take alternate routes to the final destination. Whatever it may be here are some resources to help plan that great trip!
There are two categories for the maps. The first is regarding current maps. Here you can download the latest and greatest recreation maps as well as the option to purchase them. The second category is for historical maps. These maps may no longer be accurate and would be used for historical and informational purposes. One can see the “evolution” of the trail system with addition, subtraction, and use changes as far back as 1907!
Current Maps (Purchase)
Tom Harrison’s Golden Trout Wilderness Map (most accurate and up-to-date hard copy)
The Kern River Sierra Outdoor Recreation Topo Map (covers recreation beyond the wilderness too)
Current Maps (Free)
Golden Trout Wilderness Full HQ Topo and Geo-referenced – PDF (100 MB)
US Forest Service Topography Maps by USGS Quad 1:24,000 scale – PDFs and TIFF files (Geo Referenced) 2014
USGS Topo View – Current and historical maps at all scales from 1880 to present – PDF, TIFF, JPG, and KMZ formats (All Geo Referenced).
CalTopo Maps – Create your own custom maps for free and print or export at georeferenced PDFs!
G.E.L. Historical Topographical Map Integration Instructions (PDF) – ~250KB
Supported by the US Forest Service, you can now download the free app to obtain Forest Service maps, USGS maps, aerial maps, and more. It is available for both Apple and Android devices and soon Windows. NOTE: Some maps are free and others are not. However, all links above stating “geo-referenced” are free and can be loaded into the app.