Little Chetco Trail #1121


Trail begins along Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124 near Cold Springs and runs down a serpentine ridge to Emily Cabin area, where it follows an old mining road downstream to Copper Creek along the Little Chetco River. It crosses the river (ford required) near the Emily Cabin private inholding and then follows it downstream. It climbs over and down a steep hill to Madstone Cabin site on the main Chetco Wild and Scenic River between Madstone and Fresno Creeks. This trail is within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  Likewise, Bailey Mountain Trail #1109 from the Little Chetco River up to Bailey Mountain may not be adequately maintained; it is best to check conditions prior to your visit to the area.

There is a small seasonal spring along the trail a short distance west of Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124. Near the confluence of Ditch Creek, there is a spur trail going upstream along the Little Chetco River to some nice camping spots and historic cabin sites.

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 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 within Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Closest Towns:
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


Use Kalmiopsis Rim Trail #1124

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  Area/Length : 
8.7 miles

  Elevation : 
2,000 feet - 4,000 feet range