Mount Hood Wilderness - Unfinished Business

In April of 2009 President Obama signed into law Wilderness protections for parts of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. While this historic accomplishment was a huge victory for conservation and quiet recreation, several key areas didn't make it into the final plan. It is vitally important that places like Boulder Lake and Salmon River receive the protection they deserve as we address this unfinished business and establish a lasting legacy for Mount Hood.

  • Bluegrass Ridge
    Hikers soak in the view of Mount Hood with Bluegrass Ridge in the foreground.
  • Tamanawas Falls
    Few waterfalls can match the elegance of Tamanawas Falls on the east slopes of Mount Hood.
  • McCall Point
    The balsamroot wildflower display at McCall Point is something to behold.
  • Boulder Lake
    A wide angle look at high-elevation Boulder Lake, surrounded by a diverse forest.

Take Action! Submit a letter to Oregon elected leaders today and urge them to pass protections for these unprotected Mount Hood gems.

The proposal for Wilderness protection would enhance protections for the drinking water supply for the city of Sandy, Oregon. It would also protect key wildlife habitat in Boulder Lake and Salmon River. Protection for these areas was previously supported by the City of Sandy, Clackamas County, Hood River County, and Wasco County as well as others.

These pristine landscapes are important sources of clean drinking water and recreational opportunities for people, but they're also necessary for wildlife to thrive. As climate change shifts our weather patterns it will create habitat challenges for wildlife. Having these Wilderness reserves protected will provide resiliency and much needed habitat as key species adapt to a changing climate.

Threats to proposed Mount Hood Wilderness.

Boulder Lake and mountain bike trails background - Oregon Wild worked with IMBA, NW Trails Alliance, and COTA on a revised proposal that would maintain access to bike trails while protecting much of the original proposed area. These proposal changes were made in 2012 and were officially endorsed by all of the above mentioned bike clubs. The boundaries have not changed since.

Photo credits: Bluegrass Ridge (Jurgen Hess); Tamanawas Falls (Jamey Pyles); McCall Point (Scott Smorra); Boulder Lake (Daniel Pierce).