This area is beautiful and the elk are interesting, but the campground is essentially a parking lot with some grass in it. I would not recommend tent camping here because the "sites" are about 30 feet away each other with very few trees/shrubs to provide privacy. This is NOT the "best of tent camping in northern California". The way to truly tent camp out of a vehicle in California is to off-road it in the Trinity or Six Rivers National Forests using a map of the logging roads. Otherwise, no matter what campground you go to, it is essentially a parking lot. The only other alternative to get into nature and actually camp is to backpack.