The United States Congress designated the Roaring River Wilderness (map
) in 2009 and it now has a total of 36,548 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Oregon
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The Roaring River Wilderness is bordered by
the Clackamas Wilderness
to the west and the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
to the north.
The largest block of new wilderness designated in 2009 in Oregon is in the Roaring River Valley, a tributary of the Clackamas River. The wilderness area is named after the Roaring River that flows through the area and is a tributary of the Clackamas River. Salmon and steelhead spawn in the Roaring River and the area is thick with Bears, cougars, mule deer, elk, spotted owls and pileated woodpeckers. Lupine or Indian paintbrush are common wildflowers in summer. Lakes in the area include the Rock Lakes and Serene Lake, while Cache Meadow is one of the many alpine meadows. The wilderness has five trails -- Shining Lake, Shellrock Lake, Serene Lake, Grouse Point and Dry Ridge. Prior to designation these trails were open to use by mountain bikes.