Kalmiopsis Wilderness

Located in the Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon.

The 179,655 acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness is the largest of the five wilderness areas in the Siskiyou National Forest. The wilderness is named for the flowering Kalmiopsis plant which was discovered in 1931 by Lilla Leach and can be found in several locations within the wilderness. Elevations within the wilderness range from 2,000 to 4,600 feet. The wilderness is located in the central part of the Forest and contains high ridges and steep river/creek canyons. There are approximately 153 miles of trails on 24 established hiking trails in the area.

Trailheads in the eastern part of the wilderness can be accessed by taking U.S. Highway 199 south from Grants Pass, Oregon. Forest Service Road 4201 turns off from 199 about 3 miles would of Selma, Oregon, and travels 19 miles to the Babyfoot Trailhead. Forest Service Road 4103 travels 14 miles to the Illinois River Trailhead which follows the Wild and Scenic Illinois River for 27 miles to its junction with the Wild and Scenic Rogue River near Agness, Oregon.

Road access to trailheads from the western portion of the wilderness follows the Coast Highway (U.S. 101) to Brookings, Oregon. Just south of Brookings, follow the signs to Loeb State Park (County Road 784). Travel 2-3 miles past Loeb State Park and enter the National Forest. If you want to travel north to Vulcan Peak/Vulcan Lake, take Forest Service Road 1376 for about 2 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 1909. Follow this road for 14 miles. Look for signs to turn off to reach the trailhead.

For further information contact: The Siskiyou National Forest.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 25 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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