Clackamas Wilderness

Clackamas Wilderness

The Clackamas Wilderness is made up of five different tracts of lands with no roads, scattered both left and right of the Clackamas River, approximately 50 miles down. These areas include Big Bottom, Memaloose Lake, Clackamas Canyon, Sisi Butte and South Fork Clackamas. The Clackamas Wilderness offers clean drinking water for visitors. It also has the biggest trees in northwest Oregon. Memaloose Lake is a very popular hiking trail in the Clackamas Wilderness. It continues on through a forest leading 1.4 miles until arriving at the lake, and then continues a mile up to a viewpoint on to up South Fork Mountain. The word memaloose means "dead" in Chinook jargon, the old Indian trade language of the Northwest.


A list of generally prohibited items include:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Motorboats
  • Motorized Equipment
  • Bicycles
  • Hang gliders
  • Wagons
  • Carts
  • Portage wheels
  • Landing of aircraft vehicles including helicopters, unless given permission from specific legislation

These items are banned from all national forest wildernesses to help enforce the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act of 1964 to help prevent the destruction of wildernesses by human carelessness.

Available activities

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife viewing

(Please note that there are NO services or facilities available in Clackamas Wilderness.)

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