Roaring River Wilderness

Roaring River Wilderness

The 36,768-acre Roaring River Wilderness is the largest block of Wilderness, designated in 2009 in Oregon. Located in the Roaring River Valley, a tributary of the Clackamas River, the Wilderness is named after the Roaring River. Salmon and steelhead spawn in the Roaring River and the area provides habitat for bears, cougars, mule deer, elk, spotted owls and pileated woodpeckers.

Lupine and Indian paintbrush are common wildflowers in summer. Lakes in the area include the Rock Lakes and Serene Lake, while Cache Meadow is one of the many alpine meadows.

  • Key access points: Trail and trailhead access information‚Äč

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • A Wilderness permit is required from May 15 through October 15. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
  • NOTE: Wilderness permits are required when provided at a portal. Not all trails will have Wilderness portals.
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District: (971) 333-4100

General Information


Roaring River Wilderness is located 17 miles southeast of Estacada, OR on the east side of OR-224.

Trails/trailheads that access Roaring River Wilderness:

Other trails within Roaring River Wilderness

Map of Roaring River Wilderness designated in 2009

Topo Maps

Fish Creek, High Rock, Mount Mitchell, Three Lynx.  Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

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Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities