Sarah Totten Campground

State: Northern California

Address 1: Southeast of Johnny O'Neil Ridge.

Open: May - October

Number of Sites: 8

Elevation: 1535

County: Siskiyou

Free: No

About: Hamburg was named in 1851 by Sigmond Simon, a German miner who prospered in the mercantile business at Scott Bar. Hamburg boasted a population of 5000 around 1880. Hamburg Postmaster Dan Caldwell built the old store west of the campground along the highway in 1859. Caldwell’s sister-in-law, Sarah Totten, of Shasta Indian descent, operated the store/hotel until she died and it closed in 1930. The deteriorating gray structure still stands to this day. Sarah owned property where the campground is located. She donated the land to the Forest Service on the condition they use it as a recreation area. It was named in her honor. Crumpled structures and rock foundations are all that remain of the Johnston’s Store, Bailey Post Office, and Bucket Of Blood Saloon. In Hamburg’s prime, these establishments catered to wealthy fly fishermen and sportsmen, including Zane Grey.

Fees: $10 (2011)

Usage: Medium

Closest Towns: Hamburg (CA), Seiad (CA)

Water: Yes

Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.

Restrooms: Vault Toilet

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 32 miles to the campground on the right. One mile before the town of Hamburg.