Monument Rock Wilderness

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Monument Rock Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Monument Rock Wilderness landscape.jpg
The landscape of the Monument Rock Wilderness
Map showing the location of Monument Rock Wilderness
Map showing the location of Monument Rock Wilderness
Location Baker / Grant counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Unity, Oregon
Coordinates 44°18′35″N 118°18′00″W / 44.30972°N 118.30000°W / 44.30972; -118.30000Coordinates: 44°18′35″N 118°18′00″W / 44.30972°N 118.30000°W / 44.30972; -118.30000
Area 19,650 acres (7,950 ha)
Established 1984
Governing body United States Forest Service

The Monument Rock Wilderness Area is a wilderness area within the Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests in Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. It was designated by the United States Congress in 1984 and comprises 19,650 acres (7,950 ha). There are approximately 15 miles (24 km) of trails maintained in the wilderness.[1][2][3]

Topography[edit]

Monument Rock Wilderness ranges in elevation from 5,100 feet (1,554 m) on the Little Malheur River to 7,815 feet (2,382 m) atop Table Rock. The area includes the headwaters of the Little Malheur and the upper drainages of the South Fork of the Burnt River.[2][3]

Vegetation[edit]

Monument Rock Wilderness

Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, lodgepole pine, and quaking aspen cover the moderate slopes of the Wilderness, while subalpine fir grow in the higher elevations. Large, grassy meadows also appear throughout the area.[3]

Wildlife[edit]

Black bears, deer, elk, and badgers are common in the Monument Rock Wilderness. Seventy species of birds live in the area, including hawks, grouse, and the American dipper. The wilderness is also home to the more elusive wolverine.[1][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Monument Rock Wilderness - US Forest Service
  2. ^ a b Monument Rock Wilderness, Oregon - GORP
  3. ^ a b c d Monument Rock Wilderness - Wilderness.net

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