Bridge Creek Wilderness
|Bridge Creek Wilderness|
|Location||Wheeler County, Oregon, United States|
|Nearest city||Prineville, Oregon|
|Area||5,400 acres (2,185 ha)|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
Bridge Creek Wilderness is a wilderness area located in the Ochoco Mountains of central Oregon, within the Ochoco National Forest. It was established in 1984 and comprises 5,400 acres (2,185 ha), making it one of the smallest Wilderness areas in the state.
Bridge Creek Wilderness is characterized by steep terrain, open meadows, forested mountain slopes, and barren plateaus. Elevation ranges from 4,360 to 6,607 feet (1,329 to 2,014 m). Bridge Creek drains northeasterly from the summit of the Ochoco Mountains, essentially dividing the Wilderness into two plateaus. The peaks of East Point and North Point at 6,625 feet (2,019 m) and 6,607 feet (2,014 m), respectively, look across the small Wilderness. Five perennial springs flow in the Wilderness - Thompson, Pisgah, Masterson, Nelson, and Maxwell. The Bridge Spring and Bridge Creek watershed creates the domestic water supply for the town of Mitchell.
The waterfall pictured here is NOT in the Bridge Creek Wilderness in the Ochoco mountains. This is Bridge Creek Falls in Deschutes County.
The forest in Bridge Creek Wilderness consists primarily of Douglas fir, grand fir, and larch, with some stands of lodgepole and ponderosa pine. Other plants include sagebrush, bunchgrass, sparse, and mountain mahogany.
Popular recreational activities in Bridge Creek Wilderness include hiking several miles of trails to North Point and East Point.
- Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests - Bridge Creek Wilderness