Deschutes National Forest Wilderness

Mill Creek WildernessOne 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.

For up-to-date status reports on Deschutes National Forest trails, please check out our Trail Conditions Report.

Maps are available for these areas.

Wilderness within Deschutes National Forest:

Check out this short video to learn more about Deschutes National Forest Wilderness areas and how you can help keep them wild.

Know Before You Go

  • Wilderness Regulations - Special regulations associated with Wilderness travel.
  • Wilderness Travel - Current conditions, 10 essentials, safety reminders.
  • Leave No Trace - Follow the seven Leave No Trace principles to help keep our wild places clean, wild, and pristine!
  • Recreation Passes - Some trailheads in the Deschutes National Forest require a valid recreation pass. Check our recreation pass and permit information for details.