Mount Washington Wilderness: Deschutes

Deschutes National Forest, Near Bend, Oregon

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Mt. Washington rises above 75 square miles of lava-strewn plains which includes Belknap Crater, a 6,873 foot cinder and ash volcanic cone. This 54,278 acre Wilderness is a rugged retreat, primarily used by hunters, hikers, and mountain climbers. There are 28 lakes in the Wilderness.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail extends for 16.6 miles through the Mt. Washington Wilderness. It is the primary trail and extends from the north boundary near Big Lake to where it leaves the Wilderness at its southern boundary near the Dee Wright Observatory. Vegetation consists of lodgepole pine and associated species as well as mountain hemlock.