Menagerie Wilderness


Image of Menagerie Wilderness Rock Climbing

This area focuses around a series of rock pinnacles each uniquely named from the imagination of past climbers; hence the name, Menagerie. The best known, and most popular is Rooster Rock. Mountaineers from around the Pacific Northwest use the spires and cliffs to hone their technical climbing skills. This is primarily a low elevation wilderness and can be used year-round.

A thick forest of second growth Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar dominate the area.


At a Glance

Fees Recreation pass (at Trout Creek Trailhead)
Permit Info: Self issue entry permits are required between Memorial Day and October 31.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Seasonal Closure: The north end of the Menagerie wilderness is seasonally closed to all entry from January 15 to July 31 in order to meet protected species management objectives. View the Menagerie Wilderness Seasonal Closure page for more information.
Closest Towns: Sweet Home
Water: Always carry water or a way to purify water.
Passes: Some trailheads require a recreation pass.
Information Center: Sweet Home Ranger District

General Information


Access: Main access is from State Highway 20 from either Trout Creek Trail #3405 at milepost 48.8 (near Trout Creek Campground) or from Rooster Rock Trail #3399 at milepost 51.5 (near Fern View Campground).

General Notes:

For trail information see:

Close to: 

Go to for online maps and other important Wilderness information.



Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
5,084 Acres

  Elevation : 
1600 feet - 3900 feet