Forest Service Maps


Forest Service Maps
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Forest Service Maps
Manufacturer USDA Forest Service
Page By tarol
Page Type Mar 14, 2007 / Mar 14, 2007
Object ID 2827
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Product Description

Forest Service "Visitor" Maps are $9-10 and there is one for every National Forest in the U.S. Sometimes National Forests have 2-3 maps - for example, the Los Padres National Forest has two maps because it covers such a huge area. Maps are the definite source for Forest Roads and Facilities. Also included are trails, but these maps generally aren't topographic.

The Forest Service also produces maps for many of its wilderness areas. These generally provide a better scale for wilderness trails and are topographic.

To purchase maps, visit your nearest ranger station or go online to You can also buy annual passes here.

Region 5 (California) also has its forest maps available online at this link.

Also check out this link for other forest maps that may be available online.



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tarol - Mar 14, 2007 6:14 pm - Voted 5/5

I own many of these maps
I find them most helpful when navigating confusing mazes of Forest Service dirt roads! I like the plasticized maps better than the paper versions. They cost $1 more but are well worth the extra $.

Bill Reed - Mar 28, 2007 12:16 am - Voted 5/5

I remember when they were free!
I also have many and try to update my collection when I can. They are very accurate and indispensable when traveling, particularly when you're driving, in the National Forests of the US. Great info from Sequoia on how to get em'.

Cedar - Jul 15, 2007 4:33 pm - Voted 5/5

I used to remember
I used carried them around everywhere just a few years ago. You've got to have them ready.

OOG - Dec 2, 2011 1:30 am - Hasn't voted

Forest Service Maps
These maps cover their respective forests in good detail, and are a great tool for navigating backcountry forest roads. Only real drawback is that the forest service is somewhat slow to update them, also at $10 each they are somewhat expensive.

Worth noting, Region 2 and Region 5 are available online.

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