Whitewater Trailhead

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Trailhead provides access for:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Fees This site requires a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency pass. To reduce the risk of theft, we no longer accept payment on-site. Day-use passes and annual passes are available electronically, by mail, and through local vendors. Visit: https://go.usa.gov/xfW75 to learn more about these passes and where to purchase them.
Permit Info: A separate self-issue Wilderness Permit is needed to access the wilderness.
Closest Towns: Idanha and Detroit, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes 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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