OK Next step now that we have some interest.
3 votes for the 395 corridor & 3 votes for the Central Coast. I'm going to combine Area 1 &2 and call it a 3-way tie.
I like the Sierras and propose the area around Oakhurst/Bass Lake. It was right on the border of Area 1 & 2 so this justifies my combining them.
This area is inside Sierra National Forest and is easily accessible for 2wd rigs and offers some mild to challenging trails for the 4x4s as well. There are a number of primitive camps similar to what we had last year in Sample Meadows that should hold the group. There are other fee based campgrounds as well but my preference would be for the primitive areas.
So my recommendation is this area. I put together a Google Earth file that highlights the area as well as the Back County Roads that are listed in the Massey Wilson Guidebook. Here is a link to the Google earth KMZ file to download.
Would someone like to put together a similar synopsis for both the 395 corridor and the Central Coast? Im not too worried about finding remote locations along 395 to park a bunch of vehicles, but not knowing much about the Central Coast, has me a little concerned. Once the synopsis is done we can run a new poll to decide on a specific area and dates.
As always, suggestions & comments are welcome.