William O. Douglas Wilderness: Okanogan-Wenatchee
The William O. Douglas Wilderness was designated in 1984 and now encompasses 169,081 acres. This Wilderness is namedfor the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas who was noted for his concern for civil rights and environmental protection issues during his career. Douglas made his home at Goose Prairie, adjacent to the Wilderness near Bumping River, and immortalized the area in his popular book, "Of Men and Mountains."
While significant portions of the William O. Douglas Wilderness are high elevation forest, the overall topography is varied. The western peaks are characterized by high elevation lakes in a forested setting, and the eastern slopes drop to mid-elevation pine forest, alpine peaks, bare ridges, and exposed basalt tables and points. The southern portion of the Wilderness spreads out into a large plateau, where the forest thins and 59 lakes lie among another 200 or so ponds and pools. Members of large herds of elk and mule deer reside here with fishers, foxes, mountain goats and grouse.
As much as 120 inches of precipitation per year falls on the western side of the area, while the eastern side may get as little as 20 to 24 inches. Snow usually starts to fall by November, and often lingers in patches in higher elevations until mid-summer. Many trails cross the William O. Douglas Wilderness which ranges in elevation from 3,00 to 7,000 feet. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which extends from Mexico to Canada, runs along the 27 mile crest of this Wilderness.
- Key access points: Trail and trailhead information
At a Glance
|Permit Info:||Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads and Forest Service Ranger Stations.|
|Closest Towns:||Randle, WA; Packwood, WA; Naches, WA|
|Passes:||Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Bumping Lake, Cougar Lake, Goose Prairie, Meeks Table, Norse Peak, Old Scab Mountain, Rimrock Lake, Spiral Butte, Timberwolf Mountain, White Pass. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.
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Trailheads/Trails that Access William O. Douglas Wilderness in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:
- American Ridge Trailhead - access to American Ridge Trail #958.
- Andy Creek Trailhead - access to Russell Ridge Trail #1111 which leads to Ironstone Mountain Trail #1141.
- Cash Prairie Trailhead - access to Ironstone Mountain Trail #1141
- Chinook Pass Overlook Trailhead - access to Pacific Crest Trail
- Deep Creek HorsecampTrailhead - access to Twin Sisters Trail #980 and north side of Indian Creek Trail #1105.
- Deep Creek - Nac Trailhead - access to Twin Sisters Trail #980
- Dog Lake Day Use/Boat Launch/Trailhead - access to Cramer Lake Trail #1106.
- Fish Lake Way Trailhead - access to Fish Lake Way Trail #971A and Bumping Lake Trail #971.
- Hell's Crossing Trailhead/Sno-Park - access to cross country ski trails.
- Indian Creek Trailhead - access to Indian Creek Trail #1105.
- Sand Ridge Trailhead - access to Sand Ridge #1104.
- White Pass Day Use/Boat Launch/Trailhead - access to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 heading north.
Trails within the Wilderness