Whitewater Trailhead

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/29/23: Lionshead Fire impacts. Site hazards will be addressed in 2022 or 2023. See map of Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires closure area (Detroit Ranger District).
Permit Info: Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use at this trailhead. Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Closest Towns: Idanha and Detroit, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


From Detroit, OR travel southeast on ​North Santiam Highway for about 10 miles then go left on Forest Road 2243 (Whitewater Road) and travel about 7.5 miles to the trailhead and parking area.


25 vehicles 

For safety purposes do not park vehicles on both sides of parking area beyond the restroom.  

There is a wide spot 100 yards before the parking area for trailers.  Do not park trailers past the last main curve of the road before the parking area.  Vehicle turn around with a trailer is difficult.

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