Hey guys, I know its been a tough week, but I need some help with this one. So me and some friends want to go backpacking for a couple of days, but after about 30 mins of google searching I couldn't find what we wanted. Most places that offer backpacking do it in the form of hiking various trails, with predetermined spots that are used for camping along the way. While this is fine, what we wanted was more like ' hike into the woods for a couple days, sleeping wherever, then hike out'. Are there actual places that are designated for this or are you supposed to just hike into any old woods? If there are places for this does any one know of a good one? We live in the bay area so anywhere in reasonable driving distance is fine. Also, is it illegal to just camp out wherever you want, say on Mt. Diablo for example?
Basically, I want to go camping like the guys from The Blair Witch Project, without the murdering and what not. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.