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Boulder Creek Wilderness
At 19,886 acres, Boulder Creek Wilderness is the smallest on Umpqua National Forest. It is located 50 miles east of Roseburg, OR. Small waterfalls and rapids connect the series of quiet pools that make up Boulder Creek, a tributary of the North Umpqua River, which runs through the heart of the area.
The rocky monoliths and outcroppings attract -and challenge- technical rock climbers, especially in the southern portion's Umpqua Rocks Special Interest Geologic Area.
Ponderosa pines flourish on Pine Bench, near the southern end of the Wilderness, and are thought to be the largest such stand of this kind this far northwest of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. Ponderosa pine or "yellow-bellies" are often resistant to fire because of their thick layer of bark.
The Spring Fire in 1996 and the Rattle Fire in 2008 burned most of this wilderness area. Expect rapid brush growth and persistent blowdown on the 10 miles of maintained trails in the years to come.
Key Access Points: Trailhead and trail information.