Illinois River Trail

The Illinois River Trail offers a trip through the north end of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is a fairly difficult trail, especially near Bald Mountain, but offers breathtaking views of the rugged canyon. In late May through July various wildflowers are in bloom. There are camping spots along the trail and at either end. In addition, there are several side trails intersecting this trail. Fishing can be quite good at times, especially in late fall or early winter. No motorized or mechanized equipment (i.e. bicycles) are allowed within the Wilderness, and other sections are closed to motor vehicles from May 15 through September 15.
The trail features spectacular wildflowers, old-growth trees, rugged and steep river canyons, and a variety of wildlife.

Directions from Grants Pass
Travel south on Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) to Selma
Turn right at the Post Office on County Road #5070 (Illinois River Road) and follow it to Forest Service Road #4103
From the junction with Forest Service Road #4105, #4103 is dirt to the trailhead.
High clearance vehicles are recommended beyond McCaleb Ranch.

Listed under:Hiking & Walking

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Florence Way Trail

Florence Way Trail offers a steep and strenuous hike and is a continuation of the Pine Flat Trail. The trail provides a route back to the Illinois River Trail #1161. In addition, there is an opportunity to view some beautiful old growth trees in the rugged Kalmiopsis Wilderness. *This is connected to Illinois River Trail, which turns into Pine Flat Trail, which turns into Florence Way Trail.

Directions from Grants Pass
Travel south on Highway 199 to Selma
Turn right at the Post Office on county Road #5070 (Illinois River Road) to Forest Service Road #4103
Continue west on #4103 until it junctions with Forest Service Road #4105, where path to the trailhead for Pine Flat Trail #1219 is located
Follow this trail for 1.6 miles, and the Florence Way Trail is a continuation of it at this point.
High clearance vehicles are recommended beyond McCaleb Ranch.

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Fish Hook Trail

Fish Hook Trail follows the ridge top of Fish Hook Peak with many splendid views of the Indigo Drainage and the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Wildlife, such as elk, deer, bear and cougar is abundant along this trail. In addition, portions of the Silver Fire burn of 1987 are still visible. The mosaic of the fire can be seen with the pattern showing how some portions of the land were lightly torched, while others were ravaged by the burn.

Directions from Grants Pass
Travel north on I-5 to exit #61 (Merlin)
Proceed west on the Merlin-Galice road for approximately 13 miles
Turn left onto the BLM Rd. #34-8-36 and follow it to Forest Service Road 23
Follow 23 northwest to Forest Service Road #2308 (Burnt Ridge Road) at Bear Camp
Follow #2308 southwest to Forest Service Road #2308-076
Proceed on #2308-076 south to the trailhead

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Dutchy Creek Trail

Dutchy Creek Trail travels from Briggs Valley over Chrome Ridge and down into Silver Creek. Some sections are steep as the trail traverses some big timber. This is a good horse trail.

Directions from Grants Pass
Take I-5 northwest to exit # 61 (Merlin)
Follow Merlin Galice Road
Turn left on Primary Forest Route 25
Follow 25 south to Forest Service Road #2512
Take #2512 west to the Sam Brown Horse Camp where the trail begins

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Collier Bar Trail

Collier Bar Trail provides access to the Illinois River at Collier Bar. Getting down to the river is the easy part; the hike back out is steep and strenuous. The trail is accessed from the Illinois River Trail #1161, which can be accessed from Oak Flat (near Selma) to Agness. It is easier from Agness, but the spectacular views along the hike from Oak Flat will be missed. At Collier Bar, the trail connects to the Pupps Camp Way Trail #1174. Finally, the trail features various wildflowers in bloom during late May through June.

Directions from Grants Pass

Travel south on Highway 199 (Redwood Hwy) to Selma
Turn right and go west on Josephine County Road #5070 to Forest Service Road #4103
The road is paved, but at the junction with Road #4105, it is dirt to the trailhead for the Illinois River Trail #1161.
Collier Bar Trail can be accessed from this trail. High clearance vehicles are recommended beyond McCaleb Ranch.

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China Creek Trail

The south end of the China Creek Trail leads you up China Creek, over Taylor Ridge and down to the South Fork of Galice Creek. There are some steep grades on the Galice Creek side. China Creek trail traverses through past and present mining activities as well as through some reforested units.

Directions from Grants Pass

Take I-5 northwest to exit # 61 (Merlin)
Follow Merlin Galice Road
Turn left on Primary Forest Route 25
Follow 25 for approximately seven miles to the trailhead

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Big Pine Interpretive Loop

Big Pine Interpretive Loop Trail is a barrier free trail that consists of four loops, each offering a varying degree of challenge. Creek Loop is 1/6 mile, level, and an easy travel. Big Pine Loop is 1/3 mile, mostly level, and moderately difficult. Sunshine Loop is 1/2 mile with some sloping trail and also moderately difficult. Challenge Loop is a 3/4 mile sloping trail and moderate to difficult travel. Camping is available on these loops and there is an interpretive trail program for the vision impaired. The trail also features the worlds tallest Ponderosa Pine, the Big Pine Tree, and is a nice place for family outings. Leashes are required on the lowland interpretive trail that begins the hike. The Big Pine Loop Trail leads away from the gravel parking area, and turns right, following Briggs Creek through a riparian area that sports native thimbleberry and wild native blackberry, tanoak, and chinquapin. This trail gives you an option of crossing the creek on a bridge and hiking the opposite side of the creek, or continuing on the west side of the creek where a short side trail finds a nice wading pool on Briggs Creek. The west-side trail leads to a second bridge and then turns left across the creek.

Facilities
*Located at the Big Pine Campground where the trail begins
Restrooms
Picnic tables
Swings


Directions from Grants Pass

Take I-5 northwest to exit # 61 (Merlin)
Follow Merlin Galice Road
Turn left on Primary Forest Route 25
Follow 25 south to the Big Pine Campground where the trail begins

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Mountain of the Rogue Trail

Mountain of the Rogue is a trail system built in the spring of 2015. It has a wide range of experiences packed into a small amount of trails.
The system features everything from narrow and exposed singletrack on steep grassy hillsides to fun and flow. It is a loop that starts with a big climb and ends with a multitude of gravity-fed, bike-optimized experiences.

CAUTION: Please watch for poison oak in this area.

Directions from Grants Pass
Take I-5 S to exit #48
Turn left onto Depot St
At the 2nd cross street, turn left onto Classick Dr
Turn right onto N River Rd and follow for about a mile. Destination will be on the left.

Listed under:Cycling, Hiking & Walking

4000 North River Road, Gold Hill, OR 97525, USA



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Taylor Creek Trail

Taylor Creek Trail begins at about the three mile marker on Forest Service Road 2500. This is a “backbone trail” connecting Briggs Valley recreation sites (and the Briggs Creek Trail). Seven trailheads access this trail including Burned Timber Interpretive Trail, Minnow Creek Trail, China Creek Trail, Big Pine Spur Trail, Briggs Creek Trail, Dutchy Creek Trail and Onion Way. This trail parallels Forest Service Road 2500 all the way to the south end of Briggs Valley where it comes back into the road a short distance from the Briggs Creek trailhead. Many campsites in the Briggs Valley are accessible from this trail.

Directions from Grants Pass
Take I-5 northwest to exit # 61 (Merlin)
Follow Merlin Galice Road
Turn left on Primary Forest Route 25
Proceed south on 25 for approximately three miles to the parking area and trailhead

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Shan Creek Trail

Shan Creek Trail runs along Shan Creek and then up to the ridge above the creek. The west end offers a view of the Shan Creek drainage and its unique geology, while a swimming hole is located at the lower end.

CAUTION: Please watch for snakes and poison oak in this area.

Directions from Grants Pass
Travel southwest on Hwy 199 (Redwood Hwy) to Riverbanks Road just across the Applegate River
Turn right onto Riverbanks Road and follow it to Forest Service Road # 2706 (Shan Creek Road)
Follow Shan Creek Road for about 1.2 miles to the trailhead

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