Hidden Horse Campground

Klamath National Forest

Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest features many scenic and interesting places to explore. Campers at Hidden Horse Campground are along a fork of the Salman River and near several great riding trails. Those venturing south can take advantage of all the recreation at beautiful Trinity Lake.

Trinity Lake

  • Trinity Lake cover more than 17,000 surface acres and has 145 miles of shoreline. The lake is popular for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
  • Follow scenic hiking trails deep into the Trinity Wilderness.
  • The Trinity River is popular for rafting.
  • Spend time at the Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville.
  • Pick any of Trinity Lake's marinas for boat rentals.

Klamath National Forest

  • 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
  • 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).

Nearby Campgrounds

Klamath National Forest Campgrounds

Key Hidden Horse Campground Regulations

  1. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts.
  2. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive pests.
  3. Secure food and scented items so that bears cannot get to them.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  5. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.

Hidden Horse Campground

Hidden Horse Campground is along a fork of the Salmon River in the Klamath National Forest. The campground is 14 miles west of the small community of Callahan on Highway 3, north of Trinity Lake. The campground is designed for those with horses. Campers enjoy setting out on horseback from trailheads near the campground. Riders can make a loop that includes Long Gulch Lake and Trail Gulch Lake or take the Pacific Crest Trail and connect to trails to Hidden Lakes or South Forks Lakes.

Hidden Horse Campground has 6 campsites, each with a 12-foot by 12-foot corral stalls. Sites are suitable for RVs, trailers, and tents. Each campsite can only accommodate one horse trailer. Equestrians find a manure bin, along with some muck buckets. With no water troughs at the corrals, water must be brought to the horses in buckets.

Hidden Horse Campground Basics
Hidden Horse Campground Location: Off Cecilville Road just west of Carter Meadows Summit, 14 miles west of Callahan
Elevation: 5,875 feet
Mileages from gateway cities: Weed - 51 miles
Redding - 122 miles
Number of Sites: 6
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Scott River Ranger District: (530) 842-6131

No Reservations All campsites are first-come, first-served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Campsite #5 has been designated as accessible.
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Hidden Horse Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Hidden Horse Campground: Ride on the many trails leading south. Ride the Pacific Crest Trail from Carter Meadows Summit. Fish in nearby streams. Drive to Callahan and then south to Trinity Lake for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.

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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