Chetco Divide Trail #1210


This is essentially a ridge top trail (elevation remains fairly constant near 4,000 foot) which offers panoramic views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the surrounding area. The trail is rough and rocky for the most part with little water in late summer. Springs are located down a short quarter mile access trails east of Red Mountain and at Doe Gap. By continuing on from Doe Gap, one can traverse the entire Wilderness area from west to east and choose a different return route.

This is one of the more open and scenic of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness trails at the southern edge of the Chetco Wild and Scenic River drainage. Trail ends at Doe Gap (Junction with Kalmiopsis Rim Trail and North Fork Smith River Trail #1233).

Nearby camping is available at Red Mountain Prairie Campground (area is unavailable) which you drive past on the way to the trailhead. 

This trail is located in an area that has burned in the Biscuit (2002), Chetco Bar (2017) and Klondike (2018) 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 the Siskiyou Mountain Club's page, a local group who performs much of the trail maintenance in wilderness areas.
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Brookings, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Use Chetco Divide/Vulcan Peak Trailhead

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  Area/Length : 
9.6 miles

  Elevation : 
3,700 feet