Mt. Hood National Forest Wildernesses

Mt Hood in winterOne of our nation's greatest treasures is the National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wildernesses are lands designated by Congress to be protected and preserved in their natural condition, without permanent improvements or habitation.

Please review regulations associated with Wilderness areas and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep these areas wild, clean, and pristine.

Drones are not allowed to be operation from, over and to a Wilderness Area. Please review these Recreation Tips for Drone Use on the National Forest before operating a drone on the Mt. Hood NF.

Ice Caves are very unstable formations that are not managed or inspected for hazards and many are in designated wilderness areas where communications and access are very limited. Especially during warm weather these formations are particularly dangerous. Please stay out of ice caves should you happen upon them in the Mt. Hood Wilderness or elsewhere on the Forest. These are temporary structures that are formed by meltwater channels and warm air and are not safe at any time of the year.

 Maps are available for these areas.

There are 8 wilderness, encompassing 311,448 acres, located in the Mt Hood National Forest. These areas include 124,000 acres of newly designated Wilderness.


Know Before You Go!