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Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness

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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 35,749 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

The Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness is located in southwest Oregon, ten miles west of Crater Lake National Park. Elevations range from 3000 to 6800 feet along the divide between the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. Geologic history has created many unique volcanic and sedimentary rock outcrops. Dense conifer forest gives way to a mosaic of big trees and sub-alpine meadows in the higher elevations. Meadow wildflowers are abundant in summer and diverse plant communities provide habitat for everything from hummingbirds to black bears. Water is abundant in streams and a handful of lakes. About 100 miles of trails access the area, providing loop opportunities and ridgetop vistas. Snow accumulations are transitory below 4000 feet and the entire area is usually snow free by mid-July.

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Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.