The Willamette National Forest is located in the western center of Oregon.
Where is this Forest?

A mountain reflectd in Linton Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness

With over 1.5 million acres, the Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas, including the popular Three Sisters Wilderness and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain biking trails, boating, swimming and much more! The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offers excellent opportunities for visitors and make the forest valuable for many purposes. Learn More About The Forest.


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Recent News


READY, SET, SNOW! Choose Your Winter Adventure

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Winter brings opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, soaking in hot springs and, in the lower elevations, day hikes and scenic drives...plan your adventure

Get Involved! Help Review and Recommend Projects and Fees

Westridge Students

If the opportunity to assist in the management and restoration of your National Forest appeals to you, consider the following volunteer opportunity. The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are seeking nine volunteers to serve on the Mt. Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Team members review restoration and recreation fee proposals and make recommendations through a collaborative process. Previous projects have provided local jobs, restored landscapes, enhanced recreation, combated invasive species and youth engagement. The nomination period for this worthwhile and important stewardship opportunity ends on March 31...learn more

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Santiam Pass Winter Recreation

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Winter snows, spectacular views, a variety of sno-parks, and a ski area make this an ideal area for winter family fun...details

Willamette Pass Winter Recreation

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Snowshoe, cross-country ski, and snowmobile opportunities abound including a system of backcountry trails and shelters...details


Explore the Forest

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Explore distinctive recreation opportunities on each of the four ranger districts. From camping to hiking to biking to boating and more...go play

Interactive Visitor Map

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The interactive visitor map lists recreation areas, roads and trail systems, so you can digitally explore and find your next adventure.

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