Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124

This ridge line trail runs north-south along eastern boundary of Kalmiopsis Wilderness, providing access to several other trails within the Wilderness. This trail offers many viewpoints into the Illinois Valley where you will find a wide variety of tree species including Brewer Spruce. There is water at Cold Springs Camp and a dripping spring at Doe Gap. This trail enters Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Alert: It is highly recommended that you bring a good topographic map and GPS device.

This trail is located in an area that has burned in the Biscuit (2002) and Chetco Bar (2017) 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 theĀ Siskiyou Mountain Club's page, a local group who performs much of theĀ trail maintenance in wilderness areas.
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Water: Surface water at Cold Spring and Due Gap. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


Use Kalmiopsis Rim Trailhead

General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
28.4 miles

  Elevation : 
4,000 feet - 4,900 feet range