Menagerie Wilderness

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This area focuses around a series of rock pinnacles each uniquely named from the imagination of past climbers; hence the name, Menagerie. The best known, and most popular is Rooster Rock. Mountaineers from around the Pacific Northwest use the spires and cliffs to hone their technical climbing skills. This is primarily a low elevation wilderness and can be used year-round.

A thick forest of second growth Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar dominate the area.

Know Before You Go

  • ''Leave No Trace'' techniques are encouraged in Wilderness areas, including properly disposing of human and pet waste and carrying out all trash; click here for more information.
  • There are no facilities within the Menagerie Wilderness.


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At a Glance

Fees: Recreation pass (at Trout Creek Trailhead)
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.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Seasonal Closure: The north end of the Menagerie wilderness is seasonally closed to all entry from January 15 to July 31 in order to meet protected species management objectives. View the Menagerie Wilderness Seasonal Closure page for more information.
Closest Towns: Sweet Home, OR
Water: Always carry water or a way to purify water.
Passes: Some trailheads require a recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes & Permits page for details
Information Center: Sweet Home Ranger District

General Information


Access: Main access is from State Highway 20 from either Trout Creek Trail #3405 at milepost 48.8 (near Trout Creek Campground) or from Rooster Rock Trail #3399 at milepost 51.5 (near Fern View Campground).

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Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

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  Area/Length : 
5,084 Acres

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  Elevation : 
1600 feet - 3900 feet