44 Camp is a backcountry camp located on a heavily-logged hillside across from the Tall Trees Grove. In stark contrast with the pristine woodland on the opposing hillside, huge stumps surround the camp and the dense second growth makes the area dark and gloomy. Despite the unattractive location, though, there’s usually at least one group staying here on summer weekends.
The camp is near the Orick Horse Trails and used to be a horse camp, but now only backpackers are allowed.
Officially there are four campsites, but they aren’t very well defined so it looks more like two: there are two access trails, each with three picnic tables, a bear box, and a fire ring. A little ways downhill, on the main trail, is an outhouse which I think is now out of commission. There aren't any trash cans so you have to pack out all trash.
No water is available at the camp or nearby. Since Redwood Creek may be contaminated with blue-green algae toxins, it shouldn't be used for drinking water.
The camp is about a two and a half mile hike from the Redwood Creek trailhead. Getting to the camp this way requires crossing Redwood Creek, which is only possible when the creek is low, usually in the summer and early fall.
The camp is free but you need to get a permit from Kuchel Visitor Center. Reservations are not available.
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