Holiday in Oregon

Holiday in Oregon

WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST

Winema National Forest consists of several tracts in the Cascades of southwest Oregon, including lands east of Crater Lake National Park. Highest elevation here is 9,182-foot Mount Thielsen.

Along with volcanic mountains and rock outcrops there are many glacial lakes, rivers, streams, and forests of mixed conifers, plus some meadows. Among the wildlife are elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, and bobcat.

The forest has three designated wilderness areas: the 116,300-acre Sky Lakes Wilderness, part of the 55,100-acre Mount Thielsen Wilderness, and the 23,071-acre Mountain Lakes Wilderness.

Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on approximately 100 miles of trails, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 244). Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Most trails are open to horses.

Mountain biking is allowed on some trails outside of wilderness areas. Cross-country skiing is possible here in winter. Canoeing is available on a couple of rivers, and fishing is another option. Hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed almost anywhere here, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are required. Campfires may normally be built, but the use of stoves is encouraged. Campfires may be banned during times of fire hazard.

Group size is limited to 10 in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness, and eight in the Sky Lake Wilderness. Campsites in wilderness areas must be at least 100 feet from water sources.

For Further Information: Winema National Forest, 2819 Dahlia Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601; (503)883-6714.

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