There is limited overnight accommodation at Brooks Camp. If there is no availability at either the Brooks Camp Campground or Brooks Lodge, occasionally visitors chose to backcountry camp outside the Brooks Camp Developed Area (BCDA).
Know the regulations:
Know what to expect:
Camping beyond the BCDA on Dumpling Mountain:
To get outside the BCDA, you must hike approximately 2.5 miles up the Dumpling Mountain trail and gain roughly 1,000 feet of elevation. This trail is considered moderately strenuous. There is a sign posted that indicates once you have crossed the BCDA boundary. As the elevation increases, Dumpling Mountain offers open tundra and expansive views worthy of any backpacking trip. However, upon immediately reaching the point where backcountry camping is permitted, alder thickets may necessitate hiking further to reach a good area to camp. Note that there is little access to water. People camping outside the BCDA usually get water in Brooks Camp.
Camping beyond the BCDA along the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Road:Some visitors prefer to hike southeast from the BCDA along the road to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes to set up camp, especially those who prioritize time in Brooks Camp itself, as it is an easier route to travel compared to Dumpling Mountain. It's a 1.5-mile hike along the road with approximately 150ft of elevation gain to reach the point where backcountry camping is permitted.
There are no cleared sites for backcountry camping along the Valley Road. The terrain is spruce forest with many standing and fallen dead trees. Take care choosing a spot among the spruce trees as winds in Katmai can be fierce. In addition, it may be difficult to find an area big enough for a tent and electric fence in the dense forest. Finding an adequate camp spot often requires exploring beyond the 1.5-mile point. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Road is a one-lane road that has some pullouts; these are not good places to camp because vehicles use them to turn around and let other vehicles pass.
Last updated: March 28, 2022