Game Lake Trail #1169


Good views of the Illinois Wild and Scenic River drainage. On the upper end of trail there are some picturesque old pine, also wild growing azalea and darlingtonia. A small creek, which is the lake outlet, trickles through a grassy meadow dotted with a variety of wildflowers. Game Lake itself is a shallow pond with hundreds of orange-bellied newts. The Silver Fire burn of 1987 can also be seen from the trail. Water and campsites are scarce. Backpacking, botanical observation, interpretive opportunities, wildlife observation, motor biking, horseback riding, wildflower viewing opportunities. NOTE: Trail descends downhill to Illinois Wild and Scenic River where it crosses near Oak Flat Campground. Use extreme caution when fording the river! Lowest water period is July-September.

This trail is located in the Biscuit (2002) and Chetco Bar (2017) Fire areas. Although trail crews have been repairing and maintaining some 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.
Fees No
Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Brookings, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

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Use Game Lake Trailhead

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  Area/Length : 
9.0 miles

  Elevation : 
200 feet - 4,100 feet range