Mt. Hood National Forest
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055
Web site www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood
Willamette National Forest
P.O. Box 10607
Eugene, OR 97440
Web site http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/
The Bull of the Woods Wilderness, created by the 1984 Oregon Wilderness Act, is located about 70 miles southeast of Portland and 65 miles east of Salem. This Wilderness contains 34,885 acres of relative isolation. Steep ridges are deeply cut by a number of streams including the headwaters of the Collawash, Breitenbush, and Little North Santiam Rivers. Elevations range from 2,400 feet to 5,700 feet, Bull of the Woods Peak. Bull of the Woods Peak, an old fire lookout built in 1929 and replaced with the present tower on 1939, provides spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Vegetation in the area includes Douglas-fir, western hemlock to sparse sub-alpine forests. About a dozen lakes, isolated from one another by ridges, provide opportunities for quiet fishing.
This area has a rich cultural history, dating back to the 1880's when people began entering the area for hunting, fishing, prospecting, and using nearby Bagby Hot Springs.