Elam Backcountry Camp

Three picnic tables in a shady grove surrounded by ferns and moss.
Elam backcountry camp is shared by people and pack-animals.

Quick Facts
East of Orick, CA
Backcountry Camp
National Park

Animal-Safe Food Storage, Fire Pit, Grill, Hitching Post/Corral, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Water - Non-Potable

Elam Backcountry Camp

Backcountry camp in Redwood National and State Parks.

Hikers and equestrians can camp at Elam backcountry camp, which has access to nearby Redwood Creek.

A backcountry permit is required for overnight camping. To prepare for any trip to this location, download the detailed Elam backcountry guide and map


  • When parking at trailhead, secure items of value and keep them out of sight; better yet, leave them at home!
  • Lock vehicle doors, roll up windows, and engage anti-theft devices.
  • Hikers/backpackers only: 7.5 miles to camp from Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Hikers/backpackers only: 3 miles to camp from Redwood Creek Trailhead. Note: Frequent vehicle break-ins at trailhead parking area.
  • Hikers/backpackers only: 6.5 miles to camp from Tall Trees Trailhead.
  • Pets (with the exception of service animals) and bicycles are not permitted on trails or in camp.
  • Redwood Creek may be impossible to cross during the rainy season and/or during high flow stages; two bridges over Redwood Creek are only in place seasonally, usually June–September.

Designated Sites

  • Three (3) campsites available; maximum of eight (8) people per site.
  • Camp only in designated sites.

Traveling with Horses & Pack Animals

  • Pack animals—horses, mules, ponies, burros, goats, and llamas—must be fed pelletized or certified weed free feed.
  • Animals may not graze park vegetation and must be hobbled or tied to a hitching post when unattended.
  • Maximum of twelve (12) pack animals allowed for overnight use.
  • Corral, trough, and (seasonal) non-potable water available in camp.

Disposal of Garbage and Human Waste

  • Pit toilets for human waste only—do not dispose of garbage in toilets.
  • Pack out all trash/garbage when leaving camp.

Food and Garbage Storage

  • Store food, garbage, cooking gear, and all odorous items in food storage lockers.
  • When cooking and/or eating, do not let wildlife access food and/or garbage.

Never Feed Wildlife (that includes birds, too!)

  • It’s illegal, and dangerous to you, other humans, and the fed animal.
  • Keep a clean camp, store food and other smelly items responsibly, and properly dispose of all garbage—even crumbs!


No treated water source available—pack in drinking water or filter/purify water from Redwood Creek tributaries.

Fires and Firewood

  • Campfires are restricted to designated fire rings, only.
  • Up to 50 pounds of dead and downed wood (including driftwood) per day per campsite may be collected within 1/4-mile of camp for campfire use only.
  • Do not leave fires unattended or smoldering.

Leave No Trace

Understand the importance of Leave No Trace practices in the redwoods.

Redwood National and State Parks

Last updated: June 23, 2023