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Bailey Mountain Trail

Bailey Mountain Trail

Bailey Mountain Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 42.20510°N / 123.8812°W

Object Title: Bailey Mountain Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Day Hike

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Page By: Dennis Poulin

Created/Edited: Oct 11, 2007 / Nov 27, 2007

Object ID: 346560

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Getting There

Bailey Mountain
The Trailhead for Bailey Mountain is easy to find. Find Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) between Grants Pass and Cave Junction. At Milepost 24, which is 24 miles south of Grants Pass and 4 miles north of Cave Junction, turn west onto Eight Dollar Road. This is well signed and indicates the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area is 17 miles from this intersection.
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Zero your odometer here and start heading west on this paved road. At 1.0 the pavement narrows, at 2.7 cross the famous green steel bridge over the Illinois River. This green bridge has been the sight of many logging protests and some violence. At 3.1 the pavement ends at the Josephine Campground. At 3.7 stay right and then just stay on the good main road for several miles as it climbs up over 4,000 ft. At 14.3 go left and ignore several spur roads that branch off the main road. At 15.0 miles arrive at the Babyfoot Lake trailhead on the right. There is a nice new vault toilet at the trailhead.
Bailey Mountain
Bailey Mountain

Route Description

Bailey Mountain
The Babyfoot Lake Trailhead is at elevation 4,330 ft. The summit of Bailey Mountain is only 3,937 ft. There are lots of ups and downs on this hike and most of the elevation gain is on the hike back out to the car. Total hike is about 15.5 miles with about 3,800 ft of elevation gain. It took me almost 6.5 hours of hiking time to complete the hike.
Bailey Mountain

Take the well marked trail south from the trailhead for about .3 of a mile where you come to a signed fork in the trail. Take the left fork marked as the Babyfoot Lake Rim Trail 1126. The right hand trail goes down to Babyfoot Lake and you lose about 400 ft of elevation.
Bailey Mountain

Stay on the trail as it passes above Babyfoot Lake that you can see about 700 ft below you to the north. The trail climbs over a little ridge and passes over the highest point on the climb at about 4,780ft. before it drops down to an old road bed. This is about 1.8 miles from the trailhead. At the roadbed, make sure you look around so that you recognize where the trail is. There is a small sign marking the spot, but you have to be alert to see it nailed to the tree. Where the trail meets the roadbed, turn left or south and follow the road for about another 1.4 miles towards Canyon Peak.

At the saddle before Canyon Peak there is another sign and a fork in the road. This one indicates the Bailey Cabin Trail 1131 is to the right. Take this trail to the right or west and the center of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The trail is still an old roadbed that goes to some old mining sites. This part of the trail is not maintained very well and there are a number of down trees to step over.
Bailey Mountain

Stay on the roadbed as it loses elevation down to about 3,680 ft and 5.0 miles from the trailhead. Here the road forks with the left fork continuing down to Emily Cabin on the Little Chetco River and the right fork going up to Bailey Cabin near Bailey Mountain. Take the right fork. It climbs about 200ft up to a serpentine ridge and then the roadbed ends but a nice trail continues west. Look for the Kalmiopsis leachiana shrubs along this next section. The trail reaches the Bailey Cabin site about 6.6 miles from the trailhead.

At the Bailey Cabin the trail takes a sharp left turn in front of the site. You really have to be alert to see the trail here. If you continue past the cabin site and enter the meadow, continue on until your feet start to get wet in a marshy area. Notice the Cobra lilies in the wet areas and then turn left and climb the hill until you cross the trail. Continue west on the trail to the next saddle beyond the Bailey Cabin site.

Bailey Mountain is now right in front of you to the west. When the trail starts to lose elevation and turns to the north side of Bailey Mountain, leave the trail and climb the east ridge to the summit of Bailey Mountain. There is no trail here, but there is no brush either. You have to gain about 500 ft in elevation to get to the summit. The summit has two areas that are about the same elevation. I think the first one you come to is about one foot higher than the one 200 ft further west.

Essential Gear

The 10 essentials are always required. Make sure you have a map. A GPS is always handy. In the summer, this hike can be quite warm and there is no easy water source. I would filter the water at the Bailey Cabin site. This is a long dayhike and cell phones don’t work in the wilderness area.


Bailey Mountain