Norcross Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

Completely destroyed in the Panther Fire in 2008, Norcross Campground and Horse Camp has been rebuilt and reopened late in the season in 2009. The refurbished campground has 4 large horse corrals, plenty of horse trailer parking, new campsites and restrooms. 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: Temporarily closed.
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: July-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: Happy Camp 14 miles
Water: Horses only, Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Happy Camp south on Forest Road 16N05 (locally known as Elk Creek Rd) approx 14 miles to the 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


Parking:

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Activities


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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:

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.


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.

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

 


Seasonal Information

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


Safety Information

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


Fire InformationA 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.
Fees: No fee

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:

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

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.

 


Seasonal Information

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


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.


Fire InformationA 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.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.64585355

  Longitude : 
-123.3091109

  Elevation : 
2400'

 



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