Little Bald Hills Backcountry Camp

Douglas fir trees on a grassy slope. A campfire ring is to the right.
Young Douglas-fir forest surrounds Little Bald Hills Backcountry Camp

Quick Facts
Southeast of Hiouchi, CA
Backcountry Camp
National Park

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

Little Bald Hills Backcountry Camp

Backcountry camp in Redwood National and State Parks.

Located in the north-east corner of the parks, this is a unique destination for hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, and travelers with pack animals. 

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

The Little Bald Hills Trail traverses diverse habitats including old-growth forest, second-growth forest, and pine-studded prairies.


  • 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.
  • 3 miles to camp from Little Bald Hills Trailhead (Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park); or
  • 6 miles to camp from Paradise Trailhead/Sand Camp (South Fork Road milepost 7.6 in Smith River National Recreation Area).
  • Little Bald Hills Trail and backcountry camp designated for use by hikers, bicycles, horses, and pack animals.
  • On national and state park lands, pets (with the exception of service animals) are not allowed on trails or in camp.

Designated Sites

  • Four (4) standard campsites; maximum of eight (8) people per site.
  • One (1) group campsite; maximum twenty (20) people.
  • 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 toilet 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 water or bring water filter/purifier.
  • Horse trough and (seasonal) non-potable water available in camp.

Fires and Firewood

  • Campfires are restricted to designated fire rings, only.
  • Up to 50 pounds of dead and downed wood 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