Illahee Flat: Camp and Trailhead

Main Campsite at Illahee Flat
Recently my friend and I have spent two weekends around the Boulder Creek Wilderness in Umpqua National Forest. While trying to find somewhere to use as a trailhead/base camp for pushing into the wilderness, we came across Illahee Flat trailhead. Assuming that it was just a trailhead we were surprised to find there was a restroom, gazebo, and a massive fire ring.

Gazebo at Illahee Flat

Fire place inside the gazebo at Illahee Flat

Restroom at Illahee Flat
The camp seemed to be primarily used by hunters judging by the large branch attached between two trees to hang deer or elk from. I'm sure Illahee flat would be occupied for most of hunting season judging by the large herd of elk roaming the area. But on a chilly winter day you would likely have the camp to yourself, like we did. There was a small stream that was running through the north end of camp, but because of the nearby road I wouldn't drink it. On the south end of the camping area there was a small trailhead parking area and a fire ring. This trail is the Illahee Flat trail and connects to the North Umpqua River Trail one mile from the trailhead. If you're car camping here this is a nice walk through lush second growth Douglas-fir forest, open oak hillsides and beautiful old-growth Douglas-fir forests.

On the way to Boulder Creek from the Illahee Flat Trailhead
This camp is perfect for launching into Boulder Creek Wilderness or if you just want somewhere to car camp. In the coming days I'll be posting entries on both the Boulder Creek Wilderness and a short section of the North Umpqua Trail from Twin Lakes trailhead to the Boulder Creek Trail. 

Second growth Douglas-fir forest along the Illahee Flat Trail

Directions from Glide: Follow Highway 138 east for 29 miles, turn left onto Forest Road(FR) 4760, follow for two miles, turn right onto FR 4760-040, towards the gazebo sign. Continue .1 mile. Trailhead is on the right, camping area is on the left.

  2,160 Feet

Fees: None

Water: Small stream north of camp, treat it or bring your own water

Bathroom: One pit toilet

Trash: Pack it out

Usage: Light


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