Middle Santiam Wilderness


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Ranges from steep slopes, high peaks, and ridges at the higher elevations to gently sloping and benchy terrain in the lower elevations. The most prominent features are Chimney Peak, Donaca Lake and the Middle Santiam River. Native fish populations thrive in both river and lake.

Much of this wilderness is forested with mature stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, western redcedar and western hemlock at lower elevations and true firs near ridgelines.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Self issue entry permits are required between Memorial Day and October 31.
Usage: Light
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: State Highway 20 to Road 11, to Road 1142, to McQuade Creek Trail #3397; Road 2041 at Mid-Santiam River, Trail #3382; Highway 20 to Road 11, to Road 1152 to Gordon Peak, Trail #3387.

General Notes:

For trail information see:


Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.



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