"To my knowledge, I can carry a pistol into a national forest or blm land. There shouldn't be an issue with that. State Parks or National parks are a no go. " - Justin
Justin, please do NOT rely on "your knowledge". Rely on the law if you want to stay out of jail.
If you have any questions about gun laws in california, all your questions will be answered by a visit to www.calguns.net they have a very helpfull forum, but most of your questions can be answered with a search.
You can only carry a firearm without a permit if you are on your way to hunt or fish. And this IMO is a sticky exception to base your justification on.
A carry permit is not impossible to get in California however! There is hope! But, it depends on what county you live in. Permits are issued by your county Sheriff, and it is totally up to them. If you visit Calguns, you can find out if your county freely issues, like Fresno or Sacramento, or NEVER issues, like Santa Clara county.
Even so, there is still hope! There are currently several lawsuits against individual Sheriffs, Santa Clara county included. If these are won, then CA may be on its way to a shall issue state.
Just, please do your research.I don't want you to end up in jail for being ignorant.