Online Permits: Backcountry and Tall Trees Trail

March 2, 2021
We continue to follow county and state health guidelines during the pandemic. California is implementing regional measures that could impact camping within the parks' boundaries. Flint Ridge backcounty camp is currently closed.


Pets are not allowed on any of the trails within the national or state park areas. However, there are several options to enjoy a walk with a leashed pet in the park and information on how to become a BARK! Ranger.
 
 
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Tall Trees Trail

Before applying for a Tall Trees Trail permit, we want to make sure it meets your needs, physical abilities, and time-frame. The Tall Trees Trail is not the only place in the park to see tall trees, there are many other great hiking options in the redwoods that don't require a permit and take less time out of your day. Going to Tall Trees will take at least 4 hours out of your day, this includes driving and hiking round-trip. The Tall Trees Trail is a 4.5-mile round-trip hike that is classified as moderate to strenuous. This is due to the steep drop going into the grove and climb returning to your vehicle, the trail drops 800 feet in the first 1.5 miles. Wherever you are hiking or visiting, be sure to learn about Leave No Trace in the redwoods.

Day-use permits for the Tall Trees Trail can be applied for starting at two weeks up to two days prior to your chosen hiking day. Permits must be requested by 9:00 am PST at least two days prior to when you would like to hike this trail. For example, if you want to hike on March 4, you need to apply by 9:00 am PST on March 2 to receive your permit. Permit requests are typically downloaded once daily in the morning due to staffing, so please plan accordingly.

Information about Tall Trees Grove
 

Applying for Tall Trees Trail Permits

See what *might be available in the next week. Please be aware that what shows in the permits status page is NOT a live update.
Tell us the day in the week ahead you want a permit for Tall Trees. You can provide us up to three options. Click here to apply for a Tall Trees permit.
You will recieve an email with information about if your permit was issued - or if it was not. Check your junk / spam folders for an email that ends in "@nps.gov".

 
 
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Backcountry Camping


Before applying for a backcountry camping permit, we ask that you research each backcountry site to make sure you are making the right choice that will meet your needs, interest, physical abilities, and time-frame. You can only camp at the specific place and date for where your permit is issued. Be sure to learn about and follow Leave No Trace practices while in the park.

Backcountry camping permits can be applied for starting at two weeks up to two days prior to your chosen camping day(s). Permits must be requested by 9:00 am PST at least two days prior to when you would like to camp. For example, if you want to start camping on March 4, you need to apply by 9:00 am PST on March 2 to receive your permit. You can request a backcountry permit starting at two weeks up to two days prior to your backcountry trip. Permit requests are typically downloaded once daily in the morning due to staffing, so please plan accordingly.

Detailed information about our backcounty campsites:
Little Bald Hills
DeMartin
Flint Ridge Temporarily closed
Gold Bluffs Beach
Elam Camp - only accessible from Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek
44-Camp - only accessible from Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek
Redwood Creek Dispersed - only accessible from the Tall Trees Trailhead or Orick Horse Trailhead due to the high-water levels on Redwood Creek
 

Applying for Backcountry Camping Permits

Take the time to read the information provided for each backcountry camp. They are all very different, located in different parts of the parks and offer different overnight experiences. Find the destination that meets your needs!

Are wanting to hike to and camp at one of our six designated backcountry camps?

Are you prepared to hike to, and set up a dispersed campsite in the backcountry of Redwood Creek?
See what *might be available in the week ahead. Please be aware that what shows in the permit status page is NOT a live update.
Be specific for when and where you want to camp - and be flexible. If you are seeking a backcountry camp and if that place is full, you might be able to get a permit for another camp - if you provided alternatives. You can provide us upto three options. Use the specific links below:

Redwood Creek Dispersed, 44 Camp and Elam Camp (both near Redwood Creek).
All Other Backcountry Camps.

**Maximum group size per backcountry permit and individual backcountry site is four (4) people. Parties of more than four (4) people will need to separate into smaller groups and have multiple permits under different names. Please note that Gold Bluffs is a maximum of 2 groups per night, with a maximum of four (4) people to each group.

If you are going to have more than one vehicle or have others join you with more vehicles each vehicle needs to be registered for backcountry parking. Please enter all of the vehicles and their information on the forms.
You will recieve an email with information about if your permit was issued - or if it was not. Check your junk / spam folders for an email that ends in "@nps.gov".

If you get issued on-line backcountry permit, be sure to bring it with you when hiking to / from, or staying at that backcountry campgound. As normal, our Law Enforcement Rangers may ask to see your backcountry permit. Another option is to save the backcountry permit's files onto a hand-held device. Be aware that cell coverage is poor at Redwood National and State Parks, and you might not be able to open up any emails about your permit while in the backcountry.
 

Last updated: March 2, 2021

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