California offroad camping spots
In general, you can camp anywhere in a national forest if you camp smart. Pack it out, no fires, etc. So, in a national forest, if you find a road that looks interesting, let someone know where you are going, and take it! When you're ready, find a spot and spend the night. In state and national parks, ask at the entrance or visitor's center about offroad travel and camping. Honor the rules and explore. Take extreme care about fire in Tahoe National Forest, but that's one of my favorites. Northern California coast is my next destination. Mono Lake wilderness area. At the Golden Gate NRA, the campground at the coast was full, so I picked an inland walk-in site, and I was the only one there. Wonderful experience! Walker Pass campground along the Pacific Crest Trail and SR 178. Mojave National Preserve (you did say HOT). For a clue, explore anything that's colored green on a California map! This is an incredible state!