Copper Salmon Wilderness

Copper Salmon Wilderness

The 13,757-acre Copper Salmon Wilderness is tucked away in the northwest corner of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 11 miles east of Port Orford on the Elk River, and includes the North and South Forks of Elk River and the upper Middle Fork of Sixes River.

The area contains one of the nation's largest remaining stands of low-elevation old-growth forest, and in the north Fork of the Elk, one of the healthiest salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout runs in the continental United States. Its forests feature Douglas-fir trees as large as 10 feet in diameter and up to 300 feet in height, and large disease-free stands of Port-Orford cedar. The Copper Salmon Wilderness also has an abundance of wildlife, including marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls and Roosevelt elk, mountain lions and black bears.

At a Glance


Nation-wide Wilderness Regulations:

  • Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Copper Salmon Wilderness Regulations:

  • Caching of equipment is prohibited. Storing equipment, personal property, or supplies is prohibited.
  • Possessing or storing hay or unprocessed (viable) grain is prohibited. 
Closest Towns:
  • Powers, OR
  • Port Orford, OR
  • Gold Beach, OR
Information Center: Powers Ranger District

General Information


Trailheads that access Copper Salmon Wilderness

Barklow Mountain West Trailhead and Barklow Mountain Northeast Trailhead – provide access to Barklow Mountain Trail #1258.

Buy maps online

Buy the Powers & Gold Beach Ranger Districts map which includes: Copper Salmon, Grassy Knob, Kalmiopsis, and Wild Rogue Wildernesses, online at the National Forest Store.

Topo maps

Barklow Mountain, Father Mountain, Ophir Mountain. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

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