Badger Creek Wilderness

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Badger Creek Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Badger Creek Wilderness Divide.jpg
Badger Creek Wilderness
Location Wasco / Hood River counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Dufur, Oregon
Coordinates 45°18′22″N 121°28′35″W / 45.30611°N 121.47639°W / 45.30611; -121.47639Coordinates: 45°18′22″N 121°28′35″W / 45.30611°N 121.47639°W / 45.30611; -121.47639
Area 29,057 acres (11,759 ha)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Badger Creek Wilderness is a 29,057-acre (11,759 ha) wilderness area located east of Mount Hood in the northwestern Cascades of Oregon, United States. It is one of six designated wilderness areas in the Mount Hood National Forest; the others being Mark O. Hatfield, Salmon-Huckleberry, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and Bull of the Woods.

Topography

The elevation of Badger Creek Wilderness ranges from 2,100 to 6,525 feet (640 to 1,989 m). Steep walled glacial valleys lead to the top of Lookout Mountain, at 6,525 feet (1,989 m).[1] Annual precipitation in the Wilderness ranges from 80 inches (203 cm) on the western ridges to 20 inches (51 cm) in the dry eastern lowlands.[2]

Three creeks drain the Wilderness - Badger, Little Badger, and Tygh.[3]

Vegetation

Badger Creek Wilderness from the Divide Trail in the northwestern portion of the wilderness

Lookout Mountain and the high ridgeland extending east support a subalpine ecosystem, with hardy trees and rocky terrain. Penstemon, Indian paintbrush, yellow avalanch lilies, and stonecrop are common in the area. Farther east in the Wilderness the climate is warm and dry, where ponderosa pine forest and extensive growths of Oregon white oak and grasslands are common. Larkspur, shooting star, lupine, balsamroot, death camas, and purple onion can be found in the area.[3][2]

Recreation

Common recreational activities in Badger Creek Wilderness include hiking, camping, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. There are approximately 55 miles (89 km) of developed trails in the Wilderness. These trails lead to Lookout Mountain, Flag Point fire lookout, Badger Lake, and along Badger, Little Badger, and Tygh Creeks. There are several primitive campsites in the wilderness.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Northwest Regional Wilderness Area Directory". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, William L. (2002). Thurman, Paula, ed. Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas (3rd ed.). The Mountaineers Books.
  3. ^ a b Badger Creek Wilderness - Wilderness.net

External links

  • Mt. Hood National Forest - Wilderness
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