Roaring River Wilderness

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Roaring River Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Location Clackamas County, Oregon, United States
Nearest city Government Camp
Coordinates 45°12′N 121°54′W / 45.2°N 121.9°W / 45.2; -121.9Coordinates: 45°12′N 121°54′W / 45.2°N 121.9°W / 45.2; -121.9
Area 36,500 acres (14,800 ha)
Established 2009
Governing body United States Forest Service

Roaring River Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Mount Hood National Forest in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Southwest of Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest mountain, the 36,500-acre (14,800 ha) area was created in 2009.[1] The wilderness area is named after the Roaring River that flows through the area and is a tributary of the Clackamas River.[1]


In 2004, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced legislation to add the area around the Roaring River to the Salmon–Huckleberry Wilderness.[2] That bill did not pass and the next year several members of Oregon’s delegation to the U.S. House proposed protecting the area as well.[3] Sponsored by Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden, this bill would have created a new wilderness area for the river’s valley and received unanimous support in committee.[4] The Bush administration supported some expansion of the wilderness areas around Mount Hood, but not as much as proposed by the bill.[5] This bill also failed to become law, and in February 2007, Wyden and fellow Senator Gordon Smith introduced another bill to create the Roaring River Wilderness.[6] The area officially became a protected wilderness area in March 2009 when the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Barack Obama.[7]


Located southwest of Mount Hood, the area includes 1,000-year-old trees in its old growth forest.[4] Prior to designation as a wilderness area the Dry Ridge, Grouse Point, Serene Lake, Shellrock Lake, and Shining Lake trails were open to use by mountain bikes.[1] Lakes in the area include the Rock Lakes and Serene Lake, while Cache Meadow is one of the many alpine meadows.[1] The river itself is a spawning habitat for several salmon species and is a tributary to the Clackamas River.[1] Flora and fauna include spotted owls, pileated woodpeckers, bears, cougars, elk, mule deer, salamanders, huckleberry, salal, and sword ferns among others.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Preusch, Matthew (April 6, 2009). "No cars, no roads, no kidding". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ US Fed News (July 22, 2004). "Sen. Wyden introduces 'Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2004". US Fed News. HT Media Ltd. 
  3. ^ Milstein, Michael. “Leaders offer blueprint to protect Mount Hood”, The Oregonian, November 30, 2005, p. B1.
  4. ^ a b Milstein, Michael. “Mount Hood bill over a hump”, The Oregonian, July 20, 2006, p. D1.
  5. ^ Milstein, Michael. “Mt. Hood bills grapple with size of land parcels”, The Oregonian, October 9, 2006, p. B1.
  6. ^ US Fed News (February 15, 2007). "Sens. Wyden, SMith introduce 'Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2007". US Fed News. HT Media Ltd. 
  7. ^ "Obama signs public lands reform bill". CNN. 30 March 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 

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