Emily Cabin Trail #1129

This trail is actually an old mining road. The trail is easy going in and steep going out. The Emily Cabin site, which sits on the bank of the Little Chetco River near the Ditch Creek confluence, had been mined for gold since the late 1800s. "Emlly Cabin" may actually be the more accurate spelling for this cabin, being named for its original owner, an Englishman named Mr. Emlly who built the cabin in the late 1800s. There is some historic evidence that Chinese miners worked the area once. Perry and Ruth Davis lived in the cabin year long and mined the claim for many years until around 1979. This trail is within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

From the Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124, the Emily Cabin Trail #1129 is 1.8 miles to the Bailey Cabin Trail #1131 juncture. Past the Bailey Cabin Trail #1131 the condition of the trail (old road) is very poor due to downed trees and heavy brush as it descends to the Little Chetco River.  Hikers are currently using this trail in combination with the Baley Cabin Trail #1131 and Bailey Mountain trails to access the Chetco Wild and Scenic River.

This trail is located in an area that has burned in the Biscuit (2002) and Chetco Bar (2017) Fires. Although Forest Service trail crews and partner groups have been repairing and maintaining many of the affected trails following the fires, visitors should take into consideration (because of the substantially increased risk of fire-killed snags falling) that travel and camping may be more difficult and require greater concern for safety.

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
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124.

General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult


Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
2,400 feet - 4,400 feet range