Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness


Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
Map showing the location of Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness
Location Hood River / Multnomah counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Hood River, Oregon
Coordinates 45°35′49″N 121°51′11″W / 45.59694°N 121.85306°W / 45.59694; -121.85306Coordinates: 45°35′49″N 121°51′11″W / 45.59694°N 121.85306°W / 45.59694; -121.85306
Area 64,960 acres (26,288 ha)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness is a wilderness area located on the northern side of Mount Hood in the northwestern Cascades of the U.S. state of Oregon, near the Columbia River Gorge and within Mount Hood National Forest. Prior to Wilderness designation it was known as the Columbia Gorge Recreation Area.

The slopes of the Wilderness rise steeply to a slightly uneven plateau and on to mountain peaks, talus slopes, and lakes with elevations ranging from approximately 100 feet (30 m) near the river to 4,900 feet (1,500 m) on Mount Defiance. The main waterways in the Wilderness are Herman Creek, Eagle Creek, and Tanner Creek.[1]

Contents

Geology

Groves of old growth Douglas-fir, hemlock and cedar grow in lower elevations of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The north part of the Wilderness has features characteristic of the Columbia River Gorge, such as towering basaltic cliffs and many waterfalls. Higher elevations are home to forested plateaus and ridges with hanging meadows, subalpine lakes, and panoramic views of the Cascade Range and the Columbia River Gorge.[2]

Recreation

Common recreational activities in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness include camping, rafting, backpacking, wildlife watching, and hiking the approximately the 200 miles (320 km) of trails in the Wilderness, including some 14 miles (23 km) of the Pacific Crest Trail. The area's close proximity to Portland makes this a somewhat popular destination.[1] The area was named for former United States senator and Oregon governor Mark Hatfield.

See also

References

External links



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness — Catégorie Ib de la CMAP (Zone de nature sauvage) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness — Gemäßigter Regenwald im Mount Hood National Forest Ramona Falls am Mt. Hood Der Mount Hood National Forest ist ein 4318 km² großer N …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Réserve intégrale Mark O. Hatfield — Catégorie UICN Ib (zone de nature sauvage) Emplacement Oregon  États Unis Ville proche Ho …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mark Hatfield — For the Georgia politician, see Mark Hatfield (Georgia politician). Mark Hatfield United States Senator from Oregon In office January 10, 1967 …   Wikipedia

  • Badger Creek Wilderness — Gemäßigter Regenwald im Mount Hood National Forest Ramona Falls am Mt. Hood Der Mount Hood National Forest ist ein 4318 km² großer N …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bull of the Woods Wilderness — Gemäßigter Regenwald im Mount Hood National Forest Ramona Falls am Mt. Hood Der Mount Hood National Forest ist ein 4318 km² großer N …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mount Hood Wilderness — Gemäßigter Regenwald im Mount Hood National Forest Ramona Falls am Mt. Hood Der Mount Hood National Forest ist ein 4318 km² großer N …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness — Gemäßigter Regenwald im Mount Hood National Forest Ramona Falls am Mt. Hood Der Mount Hood National Forest ist ein 4318 km² großer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Opal Creek Wilderness — IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area) Old growth in Opal Creek Wilderness …   Wikipedia

  • Diamond Peak Wilderness — For other uses of Diamond Peak , see Diamond Peak (disambiguation). Diamond Peak Wilderness IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area) …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.