Cancel Search
  • Search by
  • MAP

    Illinois River Trail

    Grants Pass, Oregon

    Illinois River Trail

    Share photos of Illinois River Trail

    Illinois River Trail Trip Reports

    Terrible!
    Start your trip report for Illinois River Trail
    Attach photos from your trip.
    Please Select a star rating.
    3
    3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
    icon1 Total
    Eugene, OR
    Pathfinder | 61 pts
    3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
    7/22/2009
    Been going here for 40 years. The area is recovering nicely from the 2002 Biscuit fire. And many areas did not experience intense fire. For example the whole Noble trail drainage has few fire killed trees. The massive Mardone trees are as beautiful as ever. And the Illinois R. still has some of the finest simming holes you'll find anywhere! And star gazing lying next to the river is timeless.

    The road to the Briggs Ck trail head is in better shape than ever but moderate ground clearance (6-7") is still recommended.. We took a low clearance Audi w/ careful driving. Takes 1.5 hrs from Grants Pass to Briggs Ck. trail head. The trail (to Pine Flat at least) is in good shape with brush getting thick in some spots. The loss of tree cover has produced some poison oak growth but that can be avoided. Two of the creeks along the trail still have insect eating pitcher plants & beautiful water. Total bird numbers seem to be down but still saw hawks, peckers, otters, greebs, rabbits & bear & coyote scat. The deer population seems to have exploded w/ the increased grass.

    Be aware of a few things. There are only 2 places along this trail where there are trails down to the river. It can get really hot here in late summer. Rattle snakes are present though we didn't see any this trip.

    Enjoy!
    0
    Comments

    Trail Information

    Grants Pass
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    8
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    3 to 4 hours
    Duration
    June through Oct
    Season
    Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest
    Local Contacts
    Maptech CD: Siskiyou National Forest/ Crater Lake/Medford, OR; USGS: York Butte, OR
    Local Maps

    8 Members Completed

    I've done this