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Wildwood Recreation Site

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Cascade Streamwatch trailhead and restroom facilities.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Boardwalk along the trail to the Cascade Streamwatch pavilion.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Salmon River from Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Reservable picnic site near the Salmon River.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Cascade Streamwatch pavilion entrance.- Wildwood Recreation Site
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  • Cascade Streamwatch pavilion.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Wild coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) fry viewed at the Cascade Streamwatch pavilion.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Wild coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) fry viewed at the Cascade Streamwatch pavilion.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Bridge near the Cascade Salmonwatch pavilion.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Reservable picnic site near the Salmon River.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Reservable picnic site near the Salmon River.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Salmon River from Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The Salmon River Picnic Shelter at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The Salmon River Picnic Shelter at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The Salmon River Picnic Shelter at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Pioneer Picnic Shelter.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • One of two basketball courts in the group picnic area at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The athletic field at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • One of two basketball courts in the group picnic area at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The playground in the group picnic area at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The playground in the group picnic area at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Mountain View Picnic Shelter.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Mountain View Picnic Shelter.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • Mountain View Picnic Shelter.- Wildwood Recreation Site
  • The group picnic area at Wildwood Recreation Site.- Wildwood Recreation Site
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Streamwatch salmon viewing pavilion. Extensive picnic areas and shelters.
Cons: 
Picnic areas are heavily shaded and often damp.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just off of Highway 26 sits an exceptional park that most travelers simply miss and drive by.  If you've driven from Portland to Mount Hood, you've probably seen the "Wildwood Recreation Site" sign that marks the entrance and wondered what its all about.

The park's size is considerable and covers an area totaling 580 acres. Interestingly, though it is a parcel of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, it is completely surrounded by the Mount Hood National Forest and is one of several gateways into the much larger, 70-square-mile Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.

Tucked under groves of bigleaf maples and Douglas fir, the park has three distinct areas that offer a completely unique experience:

  • The reserveable group picnic area is a day use recreation area akin to the best of municipal parks. It is designed to accommodate large gatherings, whether company retreats, family reunions, or just a place to play with the kids. The area features a sports field, two basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, a playground, swings, several regular picnic tables and two very large picnic tables. Both the Pioneer Shelter and Mountain View Shelter can each accommodate upwards of 200 people with facilities that include water, electricity, barbeque grills, and electric stove tops.
  • The Cascade Streamwatch Area abuts the Salmon River as the name implies, and it is the perfect location for viewing spawning salmon, particularly in late September and October. The main attraction is the Cascade Streamwatch viewing pavilion where an ADA accessible ramp leads below ground to provide an underwater glimpse of Sixes Creek (a natural habitat for fry salmon). Interpretive boards and picnic areas are dotted along the trails and make the area ideal for an afternoon getaway.  The area also features the Salmon River Shelter, which is equipped with picnic tables, potable water, and electricity.
  • Crossing over the Salmon River via a footbridge, the Wildwood Wetlands Area features a 1-mile trail and boardwalk that offers a glimpse of the park's wilder side.  From here, the Boulder Ridge Trail ventures into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and climbs roughly 1,400 feet in 1.8 miles to reach the first spectacular viewpoint of Mount Hood. Continue an additional 3.5 miles and climb 1,700 feet to reach the 4,300-foot summit of Huckleberry Mountain.

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