MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST
Mount Hood National Forest is located in the Cascades of northern Oregon. There are high peaks here, including 11,235-foot Mount Hood, along with steep cliffs and canyons, rock outcrops and pinnacles, cinder cones with lava dikes.
Amid this rugged terrain are some glaciers, many alpine lakes, major rivers, and creeks with waterfalls. Forests are of Douglas fir, with hemlock and some hardwoods, including old-growth stands. Wildlife includes elk, black bear, blacktailed and mule deer, mountain lion, mountain goat, and bobcat.
The National Forest has six designated wilderness areas: the 186,000-acre Mount Hood Wilderness, the 244,000-acre Badger Creek Wilderness, part of the 111,177-acre Mount Jefferson Wilderness, the 44,600-acre Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, the 39,000-acre Columbia Wilderness, and most of the 34,900-acre Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Activities: Over 1,100 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 000). Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. High trails may only be snow-free from mid-July through September.
Horses are allowed on many trails. Mountain bikes may be ridden on some trails outside of designated wilderness areas. Cross-country skiing is possible during the snow season. Mountain climbing is another option here. Fishing is also available, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in most areas of the National Forest, except where otherwise prohibited. Campfires are generally permitted but prohibited in parts of some wilderness areas. Campers are encouraged to bring a stove for cooking.
A permit is required for camping in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Group size in wilderness areas is limited to 12. Campsites should be away from meadows and at least 100 feet from lakes.
For Further Information: Mount Hood National Forest, 2955 N.W. Division Street, Gresham, OR 97030;(503)666-0771.