Gardner Mine Loop Trail #1122A


This trail provides a different return route to the Vulcan Lake Trailhead or the opportunity to travel on either the Johnson Butte Trail #1110 or Gardner Mine Trail #1122 from Vulcan Lake. Exploration of the old Gardner Chrome Mine site is also possible on the return. Rock cairns mark the way on this rocky peridotite/serpentine trail. This trail is within Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Although Forest Service trail crews have been repairing and maintaining many of the affected trails following fires in 2002, 2017, and 2018, 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 - Fall
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Brookings, OR
Water: Water is available at Sorvaag Bog. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

Use Vulcan Lake / Johnson Butte Trailhead.

Take Vulcan Lake Trail #1110A or Johnson Butte Trail #1110 to Gardner Mine Trail #1122 to access the loop.



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  Area/Length : 
0.8 miles

  Elevation : 
3,800 feet