Seek solace and beauty in one of the least crowded wild-erness areas in the Beaver State. This mountainous, canyon-rich treasure was named after the pink Kalmiopsis leachiana flower, a pre-ice age relic of the heather family, discovered in 1930 by botanist Lilla Leach. The land was scorched brilliantly by the 2002 Biscuit Fire—so the steep, narrow, rocky trails have been newly restored. Meander along fire-scrubbed ridges, dip into subalpine lakes, and descend the rugged, deep canyons of the Chetco River, tangled with thick greenery and peridotite rock. It’s hard to find a place that feels quite as secluded and soulful.
DIRECTIONS: From Selma, OR, take U.S. highway 199 south for about 4 miles. Turn right (west) onto 8 Dollar Road / Forest Road 4201 and follow for about 14.5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 142 and follow to the trailhead.