Norcross Trailhead


Area Status: Unreachable
  

The Norcross Trailhead is located at the southern end of the Norcross Campground. Completely destroyed in the Panther Fire in 2008, Norcross Campground has been rebuilt and reopened in late 2009.  Water is available for horses but not for human consumption. There are two main trails out of Norcross heading into the Marble Mountain Wilderness; the Elk Creek Trail and the Kelsey National Recreation Trail along Bear Creek to Bear Valley and Bear Lake. The Elk Creek Trail can be ridden or hiked as 4 different loops with a variety of destinations and mountain lakes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is likely unreachable until spring 2024 due to snow.
Fees: No fee
Permit Info: No wilderness permits are required for day or overnight stays in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Through hikers on the PCT heading south may require wilderness permits in advance in other areas including Trinity Alps Wilderness. Contact Pacific Crest Trail Association for a complete list. A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Do not tie horses to trees, living or dead. Do not tie horses to corral rails or posts. Keep horses away from the creek. Avoid damage to creek bank. Carry water to horses in corrals. Water for humans and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage, fish guts and dog droppings with you when you leave. Dogs on leash only. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Happy Camp 14 miles
Water: Horses only, Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

Hikers and horsemen head south from Norcross on the Elk Creek Trail or east on the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Both enter the beautiful country of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Day hikers and backpackers should always yield to horses and livestock on the trail. Step off the trail on the downhill side and speak to horses in a quiet voice. This will help them stay calm as they pass you.

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

No wilderness permit is required for day trips into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  Please pack out all trash. Do not burn or bury trash and food waste. Bury human waste in at least 6 inches or more of soil, at least 100 feet away from any lake, stream, water course or trail.

A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.

Dogs on leash only in developed areas. Please clean up after your dog. Do not allow dogs to chase, hunt or kill forest animals and birds.

 


Safety Information

A good map, compass and trail guide are recommended for safe travel through the wilderness.


Seasonal Information

Snow may cover or obscure trails at high elevations well into June depending on weather.


Backpacking

Hikers and horsemen head south from Norcross on the Elk Creek Trail or east on the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Both enter the beautiful country of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The Kelsey Trail intersects with the PCT several miles past Bear Lake. Portions of the PCT south and north may require permits in advance. There are dozens of lakes and several hiking loops that can be reached by way of the Norcross Trailhead. Be sure you take an accurate map of the area with you.

General Info:

Directions

From Happy Camp go south on Forest Road 16N05 (locally known as Elk Creek Rd) approx 14 miles to Norcross Campground. Portions of the road are improved gravel. Brown Forest Service signs direct the way.


Parking

When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle. Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.

Day Use and picnicking are permitted at the Norcross Campground. There is no fee for Day Use. Please use the Day Use parking whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.

 


Permits & Regulations

No wilderness permit is required for travel into the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  For backpackers on the PCT heading north or south, wilderness permits for other areas may be required in advance.

Please pack out all trash. Do not burn or bury trash and food waste. Bury human waste in at least 6 inches or more of soil, at least 100 feet away from any lake, stream, water course or trail.  Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Do not allow dogs to chase, hunt or kill forest animals and birds.

A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.


Safety Information

A good map, compass and trail guide are recommended for safe travel through the wilderness.

This is Bear Country. All food must be secured overnight and when not attended. Always keep a clean camp and do not feed animals, squirrels and rodents.


Seasonal Information

Snow may cover or obscure trails at high elevations well into June depending on weather.  Always be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather year round.


Fees: No fee

Horse Riding

Day riding is popular from the Norcross Trailhead at the south end of the Norcross Campground.  Horsemen head south from Norcross on the Elk Creek Trail or east on the Kelsey National Recreation Trail. Both enter the beautiful country of the Marble Mountain Wilderness.  No wilderness permit is required for day or overnight trips into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. 

Corrals at the Norcross Campground are available for Day Use but preference should be given to overnight campers.  Water for horses is available in the campground but not for human consumption.

General Info:

Parking

Day Use and picnicking are permitted at the Norcross Campground. There is no fee for Day Use. Please use the Day Use parking whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.  Please refrain from parking horse trailers and Day Use vehicles in campsites.


Permits & Regulations

Dogs on leash only in developed areas.  Please clean up after your dog. Do not allow dogs to chase, hunt or kill forest animals and birds.  Please pack out all trash. Do not burn or bury trash and food waste. Bury human waste in at least 6 inches or more of soil, at least 100 feet away from any lake, stream, water course or trail.

Do not tie horses to trees, living or dead. Do not tie horses to corral rails or posts. Keep horses away from the creek. Avoid damage to creek bank. Carry water to horses in corrals.


Safety Information

A good map, compass and trail guide are recommended for safe travel through the wilderness.


Seasonal Information

Snow may cover or obscure trails at high elevations well into June depending on weather.


Fees: No fee

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.6454

  Longitude : 
-123.3076