Middle Santiam Wilderness
Ranges from steep slopes, high peaks, and ridges at the higher elevations to gently sloping and benchy terrain in the lower elevations. The most prominent features are Chimney Peak, Donaca Lake and the Middle Santiam River. Native fish populations thrive in both river and lake.
Much of this wilderness is forested with mature stands of old-growth Douglas-fir, western redcedar and western hemlock at lower elevations and true firs near ridgelines.
At a Glance
|Permit Info:||Wilderness Self-Issue Permit required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.|
|Closest Towns:||Sweet Home|
|Water:||Always carry water or a way to purify water.|
|Passes:||Some trailheads require a recreation pass.
|Information Center:||Sweet Home Ranger District|
Access 1: From Sweet Home, Oregon travel east on Highway 20 to Quartzville Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 11), to Forest Service Road 1142, to McQuade Creek Trail #3397; Road 2041 at Mid-Santiam River, Trail #3382;
Access 2: From Sweet Home, Oregon travel east on Highway 20 to Quartzville Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 11), to Forest Service Road 1152, follow FS Road 1152 to Forest Service Road 640, follow FS Road 640 to the junction with Forest Road 642. The trailhead is at the junction.
Access 3: From Sweet Home, Oregon travel east on Highway 20 to Soda Fork Road (Forest Service Road 2041), follow FS Road 2041 to the junction with Forest Service Road 646. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
For trail information see:
Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.
Access 1: 4 -6 vehicles
Access 2: 2 -3 vehicles
Access 3: 6- 8 vehicles
River and Stream Fishing
Alerts & Warnings
- FIRE CLOSURES: Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead, Holiday Farm, Potter, etc
- Forest Road 46 open for 11 miles; portion closed to vehicle traffic
- Pile Burning November-March 2023
- Helicopter Operations Near McKenzie Bridge Oct. 19-Feb. 1
- Carmen Diversion Reservoir closed through 2023