Kalmiopsis Wilderness

Kalmiopsis Wilderness
IUCN category Ib ( wilderness area)
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Location Curry / Josephine counties, Oregon, United States
Nearest city Cave Junction, Oregon
Coordinates 42°16′57″N 123°57′48″W / 42.28250°N 123.96333°W / 42°16′57″N 123°57′48″W / 42.28250; -123.96333
Area 179,755 acres (72,744 ha)
Established 1964
Governing body United States Forest Service

Kalmiopsis Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Klamath Mountains of southwestern Oregon, within the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. It was designated wilderness by the United States Congress in 1964 and now comprises a total of 179,755 acres (72,744 ha). [1] There are approximately 153 miles (246 km) of trails on 24 established hiking trails in the area. [2]

The Kalmiopsis Wilderness was named for Kalmiopsis leachiana, a slow-growing plant related to the rhododendron, which was discovered in the area in 1930. [3]

History

The wilderness area was established in 1964. In 2002, lightning started the Biscuit Fire that burned much of the area and damaged many of the hiking trails. [4] Some of the trails destroyed in the fire re-opened in 2015. [4]