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Mt. Baker -Snoqualmie National Forest
21905 64th Ave. West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(206) 744-3401
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Wenatchee National Forest
P.O. Box 811
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 662-4335
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While significant portions of the William O. Douglas Wilderness are high elevation forest, the overall topography is varied. The western peaks are characterized by high elevation lakes in a forest setting, and the eastern slopes drop to mid-elevation pine forest, alpine peaks, bare ridges, and exposed basalt tables and points. Many trails cross the William O. Douglas Wilderness which ranges in elevation from 3,000 to 7,000 feet. This 166,000 acre Wilderness is located in the southern Washington Cascade mountain crest between White Pass (Highway 12) and Chinook Pass (Highway 410) and east of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Portions of this area were first designated as the "Cougar Lakes Limited Area" in 1946, and later legislated into Wilderness in the 1984 Washington State Wilderness Bill. This area was named after William O. Douglas, a distinguished U.S. Supreme Court Justice who grew up nearby and often visited these mountains. Douglas made his home at Goose Prairie, adjacent to the Wilderness near the Bumping River. He immortalized this area in his popular book, "Of Men and Mountains."

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which extends from Mexico to Canada, runs along the 27 mile crest of this Wilderness. Numerous trailheads offer access into the William O. Douglas Wilderness from the White Pass and Chinook Pass highways. The Bumping River Basin, which is accessed off of Highway 410 provides additional trailheads, campgrounds, and Wilderness views.

Special restrictions: No campfires are permitted at Dewey Lake. Please camp at least 100 feet from lakes and the Pacific Crest Trail to protect fragile vegetation.


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