★★★★

Flint Ridge Backcountry Camp


Open all year · Free
California > Redwood National and State Parks > Redwood National Park

Site 1 in December. Click to see the same site in May.

2020 update

Because all park visitor centers are closed, backcountry camping permits must now be obtained online between 2 and 7 days before your visit.

Background

Flint Ridge is a backcountry camp on a sunny shrub-covered hill by the sea. It’s a five-minute walk from the parking lot so it offers more of a quiet, natural setting than the drive-up campgrounds. The campground is popular in summer and often fills up.

The sites are surrounded by leafy alder trees; there naturally aren’t any redwoods. The crash of the surf fills the camp, but the trees block most of the ocean view. The camp is fairly remote so there’s no traffic noise.

The sites have picnic tables, fire rings, and food storage lockers. Some sites have nice new picnic tables, and a few have two picnic tables. There’s a single outhouse for the camp; since this is a backcountry camp there aren’t any flush toilets or showers.

A sign warns that bears have been seen in the area.

Some of the sites are in the shade of large alder trees. The best site is number 8, which is in an attractive alder grove and is well-separated from the other sites.

The camp is at the end of the Flint Ridge section of the Coastal Trail; there are some small but scenic old-growth redwoods just up the trail. There’s beach access about a mile north on Coastal Drive, but since Coastal Drive is one-way, to get back you have to drive a 6-mile loop around Flint Ridge.

There’s no charge to camp here, but you have to get a permit up to 24 hours in advance from either Kuchel Visitor Center in Orick or Hiouchi Visitor Center in Crescent City. You can’t make reservations; it’s first-come, first-served.

The camp is normally open all year, but in the past few years it’s been closed (including one time during Labor Day weekend) due to fire danger, smoke, and a government shutdown.

Links

Map of Flint Ridge Backcountry Camp

Site 7 in December. Click to see the site in May.

Site 8

Site 5 in December. Click to see the site in May.


 

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