Mount Washington Wilderness

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Mount Washington Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
A Winter Ascent of Mount Washington.jpg
On the route to a winter ascent of Mount Washington
Map showing the location of Mount Washington Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mount Washington Wilderness
Location Linn / Deschutes / Lane counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Sisters, Oregon
Coordinates 44°19′55.65″N 121°50′18.70″W / 44.3321250°N 121.8385278°W / 44.3321250; -121.8385278Coordinates: 44°19′55.65″N 121°50′18.70″W / 44.3321250°N 121.8385278°W / 44.3321250; -121.8385278
Area 52,516-acre (212.5 km2)
Established 1964
Governing body United States Forest Service

The Mount Washington Wilderness is a wilderness area located on and around Mount Washington in the central Cascade Range of Oregon in the United States. The Wilderness Area was established in 1964 and comprises 52,516 acres (213 km2) of the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests.1 It is administered by the US Forest Service.


Mount Washington is a shield volcano rising above 75 square miles (190 km2) of lava-strewn plains. The Wilderness Area includes Belknap Crater, a 6,872 ft (2,095 m) cinder and ash volcanic cone. Vegetation consists primarily of lodgepole and other species of pine and mountain hemlock. There are 28 lakes in the Wilderness. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail extends for 16.6 miles (26.7 km) through the Mount Washington Wilderness. It is the primary trail and extends from the north boundary near Big Lake to where it leaves the wilderness at its southern boundary near the Dee Wright Observatory.1

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mount Washington Wilderness". Willamette National Forest. US Forest Service. Archived from the original|archiveurl= requires |url= (help) on 2010-01-22. 

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