Badger Creek Wilderness

Badger Creek Wilderness

The highest point within the 29,057-acre Badger Creek Wilderness is Lookout Mountain (6,525 ft), located in the northwest portion. Lookout Mountain area is a subalpine ecosystem, which occupies elevations just below tree-line between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, and hosts hardy trees and rocky terrain. The eastern portion of the Wilderness is generally warmer and dryer in summer months and contains ponderosa pine forest, Oregon white oak and grasslands.

Three creeks - Badger, Little Badger, and Tygh - drain Badger Creek Wilderness, where slope inclines range from 30 to 70 degrees. Rocks made smooth by glacier activity characterize the upper reaches of Badger Creek. Mountain hemlock dominates all three streams. 

There are approximately 55 miles of trails in the Wilderness, including the Badger Creek Trail, which follows the length of the creek in the Wilderness. From the western boundary, the steep 2.4-mile Gumjuwac Saddle Trail climbs to the confluence of four trails, including a spur route that ultimately connects to the Badger Creek Trail and provides a view of Mount Hood to the northwest.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: Free, self-issued Wilderness permits are required when provided at a trail portal from May 15 thru October 15.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR; Sandy, OR
Passes: Some trailheads require a day use fee. View a list of available Recreation Passes that may be used in lieu of day use fee payment. 
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District: (541) 467-2291

General Information


Badger Creek Wilderness is located 28 miles south of Hood River, OR and 30 miles east of Sandy, OR.

Trails and trailheads that access Badger Creek Wilderness:

Other Trails within Badger Creek Wilderness

Maps of 2009 Wilderness Additions 

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Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities