Trail Creek Campground

Klamath National Forest

Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest features many scenic and interesting places to explore. Campers at Trail Creek Campground are along a fork of the Salman River and near several great hiking 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 Trail 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.

Trail Creek Campground

Trail Creek Campground is beside Trail Creek near its confluence with a branch of the Salmon River deep in the Klamath National Forest. The campground is 17 miles west of the small community of Callahan and Highway 3, north of Trinity Lake. A 3.2-mile trail leading north from the campground connects with the Pacific Crest Trail.

Trail Creek Campground offers 12 well-shaded campsites that can accommodate tents and small RVs or trailers. All of the sites are first-come, first served. Since there is no garbage service, all trash must be packed out.

Trail Creek Campground Basics
Trail Creek Campground Location: Cecilville Road, 17 miles west of Callahan
Elevation: 4,750 feet
Mileages from gateway cities: Weed - 55 miles
Redding - 125 miles
Number of Sites: 12
Open - Closed: May 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: 20 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Trail Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Trail Creek Campground: Fish in nearby streams. Drive 2 miles across the river and up Fish Lake Creek, then hike 1¾ miles up to Fish Lake. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail either from Carter Meadows Summit (3½ miles east on Cecilville Rd.) or up Trail Creek. 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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