This campsite is located in California and is one of my favorites. Located above Crystal Lake you’ll find Little Jimmy, it’s a backcountry hike-in only campground nestled just 2 miles off the Angeles Crest Highway. It has around 7 first-come, first-served sites with fire rings, vault toilets (which are currently not in service), and vintage backcountry ovens. After parking at Islip Saddle, cross the highway and begin hiking for 2 miles up the switchbacks until you reach Little Jimmy Campground on your right. Popular with Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, this scenic spot offers a chance to get away from established campgrounds and live amongst the Coulter Pines and Big Doug Firs. Campers turned hikers have easy access to hop on the legendary Pacific Crest Trail which runs through the camp. There is no fee to camp here other than an Adventure pass for your parking. In the summertime, bears can be common visitors so make sure and secure your food in provided bear boxes or bring your own bear canisters. As always, make sure you follow the "Leave No Trace" principles and pack everything in and out!
My first backpacking trip was with my brother and husband and we went to little Jimmy campground. It was awesome!! The hike is less than 3 miles and the first mile is uphill. I did ok but I did take many breaks because I overloaded my backpack with unnecessary items. The hike is great though. Once you wind up at little Jimmy it was really a welcomed site. We looked around for a good site and found one quite secluded up a hill. The only problem was the wind at night. Good trees for a hammock too. The site is a short trail to the little Jimmy springs which was so tasty!!! I am yurning to go back. I can't wait!
Fairly easy hike in (after the 1st mike at least!) went over Labor Day weekend when it was its “busiest” and was still not very packed. Campsite is very nice looking and has a great natural spring by that has water year round. Bear lockers and back country ovens. One of My favorite places.
I hiked in while doing the Pacific crest trail from the south. great campground with bear lockers and many sites, also nearby spots along the pct. a short walk from little jimmy spring, where you can get water to filter. also a short hike from mount baden Powell, mount Williamson & mount islip.
2 ways up here. Hike in , via the PCT, an easy couple miles , to little jimmy campground. or hike up Little Jimmy road, which is a wider dirt road ( no vehicles)
Lots of sites ( I’ve never seen more than a couple occupied) now there are bear lockers - please use them! Has picnic tables. Many trails lead from here. Including a 1.2 mike haunt up to a little peak. ( Mt Islip)
When we got into the campsite, it was extremely crowded. There were about fifty or so Boy Scouts in the area for the weekend so finding a spot was really difficult.
Overcrowding aside, the campsite looked like it hadn't been maintained in a while. The pit toilets were some of the worse we've ever used and the door was slightly busted from one of the Boy Scouts.
On the positive side, this campsite is in a really great location if you're planning a one day trip up to Baden Powell. There's numerous hiking trails that run nearby the campsite, and at Little Jimmy there's a spring where you can collect fresh