Babyfoot Lake Trail #1124A

This trail provides an opportunity to see the diversity of wildflowers that grow in the unique landscape of the Illinois Valley. Babyfoot Lake is a high mountain lake with a few small Eastern Brook Trout. The lake is about a mile from the trailhead and is located within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The trail also provides access to the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area. There are a few short but steep rocky sections. Those wishing to backpack in and stay the night will find several small campsites near the lake's shore. Please know fire restrictions before you start your adventure!

This trail is located in the Biscuit Fire (2002) and Chetco Bar Fire (2017) areas. Visitors should take into consideration that travel and camping may be more difficult and require greater concern for safety, primarily due to the high number of fire-killed trees still standing. Know the predicted weather conditions before you go, and be particularly aware of any predictions for windy conditions.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness should be advised that trail conditions may vary, depending on the level of maintenance performed in the years after the Biscuit (2002), Chetco Bar (2017) and Klondike (2018) Fires. Due to the scales of these fires, and the rugged and remote conditions in the Kalmiopsis, trail work, while ongoing, has not been performed on all the trails within the fire perimeters. Visitors may find downed trees across the trails, dense vegetation where shrubs have grown in after the fire, and unmarked trail junctions in some places. Please check with the Gold Beach or Wild Rivers Ranger Districts before your visit for trail conditions. Additionally, you can visit theĀ Siskiyou Mountain Club's page, a local group who performs much of theĀ trail maintenance in wilderness areas.
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: No drinking water available.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


Use Babyfoot Lake Trailhead

General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult


Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3,800 feet - 4,000 feet range