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

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

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

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

• 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.
• ~6 miles to camp from Orick Horse Trailhead; trailhead parking fee required: $10 overnight; $5 day use.
• Hikers/backpackers only: ~3 miles to camp from Redwood Creek Trailhead. Note: Frequent vehicle break-ins at trailhead
parking area.
• Hikers/backpackers only: ~61/2 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.

Elam Backcountry Camp

Backcountry camp in Redwood National and State Parks.

Last updated: October 6, 2020