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Kalmiopsis Wilderness

The Kalmiopsis Wilderness now contains a total of 179,755 acres and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the wilderness is in the state of Oregon.

The Kalmiopsis Wilderness is located in southwest Oregon and managed entirely by the Siskiyou National Forest. Portions of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness are located on 4 Ranger Districts (Chetco, Gold Beach, Galice and Illinois Valley) with Chetco designated as the lead managing District.

Western access is from Highway 101 on the south Oregon coast via the Chetco Ranger District in Brookings, Oregon and the Gold Beach Ranger District in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Access on the east side is from Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) which connects to Interstate 5 in Grants Pass Oregon. Trailheads on the east side can be reached from the Illinois Valley Ranger District in Cave Junction, Oregon.DirectionsAccess to the Wilderness is either from the western coastal side (Highway 101) or from the eastern side in the Illinois Valley (Highway 199). Most trailheads are remotely located, at higher elevations and require at least one hour or more of travel time on gravel-surfaced, one-lane roads with turnouts. A few tra