Grider Creek Campground

Klamath National Forest

Klamath National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest find many scenic places to enjoy. Those camped at Grider Creek Campground are on the Pacific Crest Trail and beside scenic Grider Creek. Other attractions in the Klamath National Forest are nearby.

  • Fish along the beautiful Klamath River.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting
  • Visit the historic Fort Goff Cemetery along the Klamath River near Seiad Valley.
  • Hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail using the Seiad Trailhead.
  • Hike from the Happy Camp Town Trailhead for views of the local area.
  • Saddle up for a trail ride starting at the Grider Creek Trailhead. The trail follows Grider Creek south for approximately 12 miles through old growth forest and eventually crosses the Kelsey National Recreation Trail.
  • Enjoy a picnic at the covered shelter at Grouse Gap Picnic Area. Take in views of Mt. Shasta.
  • Spend time touring some of the local botanical areas such as Sutcliffe Creek (featuring old growth Port Orford-cedar), Rhododendron Patch, and Preston Peak Botanical Area (featuring a variety of conifers).
  • Head out to the Humbug OHV Recreation Area.

Nearby Campgrounds

Klamath National Forest Campgrounds

Key Grider Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive pests.
  2. Secure food and scented items so that bears cannot get to them.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  5. Please do not tie horses to trees (living or dead) or corrals.
  6. Avoid damage to the creek's bank by carrying water for horses from the creek rather than leading horses to the water's edge.

Grider Creek Campground

Grider Creek Campground is tucked along Grider Creek in the Klamath National Forest mountains, 5.2 miles south of Highway 89 near Seiad Valley. The main popularity of the campground is as base for hiking or horseback riding on the Pacific Crest Trail, which crosses a bridge and passes yards from the campground. (use the PCT button to read more about the Pacific Crest Trail here.) Hunters sometimes use the campground in the fall during deer season.

Grider Creek Campground has 10 secluded campsites which can accommodate tents and small RVs or trailers. Campers with horses will find two large corrals available along with parking for overnight stays or day use. Water for horses can be brought to the corrals from the creek, but there is no potable water. Campers should bring with them enough water to meet all their needs or should use proper camping water filters.

Grider Creek Campground Basics
Grider Creek Campground Location: Grider Creek Road (Forest Road 46N66). Exit Highway 96 on Walker Creek Road 1.4 miles east of Seiad Valley. Then immediately turn right onto Grider Road which leads into Grider Creek Road
Elevation: 1,710 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Yreka - 56 miles, 1:20
Redding - 155 miles, 2:55
Number of Sites: 10
Open - Closed: May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Happy Camp Ranger District: (530) 493-2243

No Reservations All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 16 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: Free
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Grider Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water, 2 corrals
Showers: No
Dump station: Available in Happy Camp
Attractions near Grider Creek Campground: When water levels are safe, find possible swimming holes upstream from the bridge. Hike or horseback ride on the Pacific Crest Trail. Enjoy fishing in the Klamath River. Take off rafting or kayaking in the Klamath River with an experienced guide.

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from Grider Creek Campground

  • Seiad Valley - 6.5 miles
  • Fern Spring - 8.2 miles
  • Kangaroo Spring trail junction - 16.6 miles
  • Cook and Green Pass (short side trail to spring) - 21.3 miles
  • Oregon-California Border - 42.3 miles
  • Canada Border - 1,003.1 miles

Trail Miles Southbound from Grider Creek Campground

  • Dirt road near Cold Springs Trailhead - 12 miles
  • Tyler Meadows trail junction - 18.1 miles
  • Paradise Lake - 20.4 miles
  • Mexican Border - 1,646.9 miles

Nearest Town

Seiad Valley, 6.5 miles north on PCT
  Post Office, grocery store, cafe, RV park with camping, showers, and laundry

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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