Bridge Creek Wilderness


Bridge Creek Wilderness

Infobox_protected_area | name = Bridge Creek Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib



caption =
locator_x = 26
locator_y = 38
location = Oregon, USA
nearest_city = Prineville, Oregon
lat_degrees = 44
lat_minutes = 28
lat_seconds = 30
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 120
long_minutes = 13
long_seconds = 25
long_direction = W
area = convert|5400|acre|km2|0|sing=off
established = 1984
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
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 convert|5400|acre|km2|0|sing=off, making it one of the smallest Wilderness areas in the state. [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/special/wilderness/bridgecreek.shtml Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests] - Bridge Creek Wilderness]

Topography

Bridge Creek Wilderness is characterized by steep terrain, open meadows, forested mountain slopes, and barren plateaus. Elevation ranges from convert|4360|ft|m|0|sing=off to convert|6607|ft|m|0|sing=off. [http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/or_bridg.htm Bridge Creek Wilderness, Oregon] - GORP] 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 convert|6625|ft|m|0|sing=off and convert|6607|ft|m|0|sing=off, respectively, look across the small Wilderness. [http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Bridge%20Creek Bridge Creek Wilderness] - Wilderness.net] 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.cite book| last =Sullivan| first =William L.| editor =Thurman, Paula (Ed.)| title =Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas (3rd ed.)| publisher =The Mountaineers Books| year =2002]

Lava vents located north of the John Day River produced lava that now caps most of the Ochoco crest, creating the pillar-shaped basalt columns at the cliffs on North Point.

Vegetation

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.

Wildlife

A variety of wildlife lives in Bridge Creek Wilderness, including elk, deer, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion. Birds include pileated woodpecker, goshawk and prairie falcon.

Recreation

Popular recreational activities in Bridge Creek Wilderness include hiking several miles of trails to North Point and East Point.

References

ee also

*List of Oregon Wildernesses
*List of U.S. Wilderness Areas
*Wilderness Act

External links

* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/special/wilderness/bridgecreek.shtml Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests] - Bridge Creek Wilderness


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