Grider Creek Campground


Area Status: Open

For hikers heading north on the Pacific Crest Trail the Grider Creek Campground is the first glimpse of civilization in over 40 miles. Driving from Seiad is a little over 6 miles but this campground, deep in the forest, makes you feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. The dense forest along Grider Creek provides 10 secluded campsites for tents, small RV's and trailers. There are tables, fire rings and vault restrooms but no corral.  Parking is also available for Day Use and horse trailers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/9/23 Campground is open.
Rentals & Guides: For a list of outfitters and guides permitted by the US Forest Service to operate on the Klamath National Forest click here.
Fees: No fee
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: June-August
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 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 and dog droppings with you when you leave. Dogs on leash only. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Seiad 6 miles
Water: Horses only, Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Seiad east on Hwy 96 approx. 1.4 miles. Right on Grider Rd approx 2.3 miles. Right on Forest Road 46N66 (locally known as Grider Creek Rd) approx 2.5 miles to the campground.


Parking:

Two vehicles per campsite.  Extra vehicles park in Day Use parking.


Parking:

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers.  Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Parking:

Day riders should park in the Day Use parking area whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.


Parking:

Watch overhead for low-hanging branches


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Old Growth forest surrounds this campground with access to the Pacific Crest Trail.  Campsites are available along the creek and back away from the creek in the woods.

No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info Reservations not available. All sites are first come, first served.
Fire Information Campfires in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites None
Fees: No fee.

RV Camping

Old Growth forest surrounds this campground with access to PCT.

General Info:

Parking

Watch overhead for low-hanging branches


No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info No reservations
Pavement Type for Parking Gravel
Hookup - Water No
Size Restrictions 28'
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Fire Information Campfires in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites None

Day Hiking

Heading south from the campground on the PCT, the trail follows Grider Creek for almost 12 miles through old growth forest.

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

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.


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.


Fire Information 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.

Backpacking

Heading south from the campground on the PCT, the trail follows Grider creek for almost 12 miles through old growth forest. Continue heading south all the way to the US/Mexico Border. Portions of the PCT south and north may require permits in advance.

Fire Information 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.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Camping

Grider Creek is the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail southbound into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Campsites along the creek under a canopy of trees. Corrals nearby with parking for trailers. The Forest Service requests and recommends bringing certified weed free feed for horses entering the wilderness.

General Info:

Parking

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers.  Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Safety Information

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.


No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info Reservations not available.  All sites are first come, first served.
Fire Information Campfires permitted in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
Corrals Two large adjoining corrals will hold a total of 4 horses.
Watering Tank Water must be carried from Grider Creek. Do not water horses directly in the creek or from the creek bank.
Hitching Rails None. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts.
No. of Accessible sites None

Horse Riding

Grider Creek is the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail southbound into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. There is overnight horse camping and day use parking for trailers. The Forest Service requests and recommends bringing certified weed free feed for horses entering the wilderness.

General Info:

Parking

Day riders should park in the Day Use parking area whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.


Permits & Regulations

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.


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.


Corrals Two large adjoining corrals will hold a total of 4 horses.
Hitching Rails None. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts
Water Availability Horse Water

Viewing Wildlife

A good area for riparian wildlife along the creek and forest birding. Some small mammals frequent the campsites.

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Do not allow dogs to chase, hunt or kill forest animals and birds. All hunting in the National Forest is regulated by the CA Dept of Fish and Game.


Safety Information

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.  Feeding wild animals is dangerous to humans and unhealthy for the animals. Always observe animals and birds from a safe distance.


Picnicking

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

No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info Reservations not available. All sites are first come, first served.
Fire Information Campfires permitted in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites None

Swimming

Swimming, wading and water play off the gravel bar in the Grider Creek.

General Info:

Safety Information

Never swim alone or allow children to play unsupervised in creeks, rivers or lakes.


Clothing Requirements Swimming attire required.
Water Temperature Water temperature fluctuates with seasons, flow level and water depth.
Water/Flow Level Water flow in creeks and rivers fluctuate with seasons, rainfall and snow pack.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.80632773

  Longitude : 
-123.2183366

  Elevation : 
1400'