The United States Congress designated the Menagerie Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 4,952 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Oregon
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Technical rock climbers travel substantial distances to test their skills on the series of weird rock pinnacles that dominates Menagerie Wilderness. Each is named after a different animal--Roosters Tail, Chicken Rock, Hen Rock, Turkey Monster, and North and South Rabbit Ears are a few examples. Most popular is Rooster Rock, which you can ascend with 5.4 climbing skills (the routes on these stony towers rate to at least 5.9). This area is used year-round by day-trippers. Elevations range from 1,600 feet to 3,900 feet, with a thick forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Not far north lies Middle Santiam Wilderness. Two main routes--the Rooster Rock Trail (2.1 miles) and the Trout Creek Trail (3.3 miles)--lead eventually to Rooster Rock. To see the rest of the "menagerie," you'll have to hike cross-country over rugged terrain.