Oregon Guide for Tourist
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
Deschutes National Forest is located in the eastern Cascades of west-central Oregon. It’s an area of high peaks, volcanoes and craters, glaciers, and desertplus many streams, over 150 lakes, and six National Wild and Scenic Rivers.
There are meadows, forests of ponderosa and lodgepole pine, spruce, and Douglas fir, including old-growth stands. Among the wildlife are elk, mule deer, black bear, and coyote.
This National Forest has five designated wilderness areas, consisting of parts of the 283,402-acre Three Sisters Wilderness, the 111,177-acre Mount Jefferson Wilderness, the 55,100-acre Mount Thielsen Wilderness, the 52,516-acre Mount Washington Wilderness, and the 52,337-acre Diamond Peak Wilderness.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on over 500 miles of trails, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 244). Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Trails at high elevations are likely to be snow-free only from July through September.
Rafting, kayaking, and canoeing are possible on the Deschutes River and several other rivers. Horseback riding is allowed on many trails, and cross-country skiing is available during the snow season. Fishing along the streams, rivers, and lakes is another option. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed throughout the National Forest, except where posted otherwise. A free permit is required to camp in the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Washington Wilderness areas from Memorial Day weekend through October 31.
Maximum group size in wilderness areas is 12. Campsites and campfires should be at least 100 feet from trails and water sources, and one-quarter mile from some designated lakes.
For Further Information: Deschutes National Forest, 1645 Highway 20 East, Bend, OR 97701; (503)388-2715.
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