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.
- Key access points: Trail and trailhead access information
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Wilderness permits are required when provided at a portal. Not all trails will have Wilderness portals.|
|Permit Info:||Permits are not required to enter the Badger Creek Wilderness at this time.|
|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|
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:
- Badger Creek Trail #479
- Badger Creek Cutoff Trail #477
- Badger Lake trailhead #479A
- Fret Creek Trail #456A
- Gumjuwac Trail #480
- High Prairie Trail #493
- Little Badger Trail #469
- Post Camp Trail #467
- Tygh Creek Trail #460
Other Trails within Badger Creek Wilderness
Maps of 2009 Wilderness Additions
- Badger Creek Wilderness Addition (PDF File)
- Badger Creek Wilderness--Bonney Butte (PDF File)
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