Whitewater Trailhead


Trailhead provides access for:

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: A separate self-issue Wilderness Permit is needed to access the wilderness.
Closest Towns: Idanha and Detroit, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


From Detroit, OR travel southeast on ​North Santiam Highway for about 10 miles then go left on Forest Road 2243 (Whitewater Road) and travel about 7.5 miles to the trailhead and parking area.


25 vehicles 

For safety purposes do not park vehicles on both sides of parking area beyond the restroom.  

There is a wide spot 100 yards before the parking area for trailers.  Do not park trailers past the last main curve of the road before the parking area.  Vehicle turn around with a trailer is difficult.



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