Illinois River East Trailhead

Trailhead offers parking and a registration board.

Provides access to:


  • No picnic table
  • No fire pit
  • No drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • No garbage disposal - Please pack it out

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Due to severe damage from the Flat Fire, the section of trail between Ethel's Creek east to the Silver Peak Trail intersection near Indigo Creek is physically impassable. 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 the�Siskiyou Mountain Club's page, a local group who performs much of the�trail maintenance in wilderness areas.
Open Season: 03/27/20 - 09/30/20
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Closest Towns:
  • Selma, OR
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


From Grants Pass, OR, go south on Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) 18 miles to Selma, OR. Turn right at the Post Office (yellow flashing light) on to County Road 5070 (Illinois River Road) which becomes Forest Road 4103. The road is paved only short distance past Store Gulch. The remainder of the road is gravel / dirt often with pot holes. The last few miles get more narrow and rugged and high clearance vehicles are suggested. The road ends at the trailhead. There are some junctions to private property in the Oak Flat area. At the junction with Forest Road 4105, stay to the left on 4103.

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900 feet