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Kelly Camp

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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  • Trail sign to Kelly Camp at Icehouse Saddle.- Kelly Camp
  • Approaching Kelly Camp.- Kelly Camp
  • Largest of the remaining resort foundation ruins at the camp.- Kelly Camp
  • Kelly Camp.- Kelly Camp
  • Kelly Camp.- Kelly Camp
  • Scattered foundations provide flat areas to camp.- Kelly Camp
  • Kelly Camp.- Kelly Camp
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Seasonal water spring. Plenty of space.
Cons: 
No amenities of any kind.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Kelly Camp is a backcountry campground set along the Ontario Peak about 1 mile from Icehouse Saddle. It sits on the north slope of Bighorn Peak, and was at one time the highest wilderness resort in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Named after mining prospector John Kelly, who first established the camp in 1905, today the only remains of the resort that the camp eventually grew into are some scattered foundations. The best preserved foundation has the cement floor and porch steps, which the Ontario Peak Trail passes right through. 

Despite makeshift fire rings, there are no fires allowed, and use is by free permit from the Mount Baldy Visitor Center (909.982.2829).

There is also a fresh water spring located immediately west of the main camp area; visitors should note, however, that this spring is seasonal, varies by recent conditions, and should not be considered a reliable source for anyone making the hike to the camp or surrounding peaks.

As a backcountry camp, Kelly Camp contains no amenities, but it may make a good base from which to hike to several of the surrounding peaks.

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