Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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The Mark O Hatfield Wilderness is a federally protected area near of Mount Hood National Forest within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in northern Oregon. The area encompasses 65,822 acres,  is located east of Portland, Oregon and is managed by the United States Forest Service. 

The area features lush coniferous forests, old-growth forests, steep cliffs, moss covered cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, and panoramic views of the Cascade Range and Columbia River Gorge. 

ELEVATION RANGE: 100’ (near the Columbia River) - 4,900’ (on top of Mount Defiance).

RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES

With approximately 200 miles of trails the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness is a popular destination for hiking, running, backpacking, and camping. The most popular trails within the area are a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Eagle Creek Trail. 

FEES AND PERMITS

Some areas in the Columbia River Gorge require that visitors pay a fee or display a valid pass. View a list of recreation sites that require a fee or pass by visiting the  USFS website / list of sites.  For more information about recreation passes and permits please visit:  USFS - Passes and Permits

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

USFS

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Waterfalls. Trails.

Cons

Can get very crowded.

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Near lake or river
Wildflowers

Location

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