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Description - The Middle Fork Ranger District has over 16 trails to hike and horseback ride on. Mountain biking is available on many of these trail. There are 31 campgrounds to choose from. From these campgrounds you can access many of the trails and lake from which to see the forest. There are 16 picnic grounds and day use areas to spend a pleasurable day grilling and relaxing.

Attractions - The Middle Fork Ranger District has many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking is available on the Hehe Trail, the Middle Fork Trail the Moon Point Trail and the Indigo Lake Trail.

Camping is available at the Shady Dell Group Campground, the Skokum Creek Campground and the Taylor Burn Forest Campground.

Picnicking is available at the Cline-Clark Picnic Ground and the C.T. Beach Picnic Ground. Picnicking is also available at the Broken Bowl Day Use Area and the Blue Pool Day Use Area.

Among the sights to see are Maiden Peak, Bobby Lake, Diamond Creek Falls, Betty Lake, Indigo Lake and Salmon Creek Falls. Be sure to check out the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site.

Recreation - This Ranger District offers, hiking, mountain biking, viewing wildlife and scenery, picnicking, camping and scenic byways

Climate - Elevations on the Forest range from about 1,500 feet above sea level to 10,495 feet at the snowcapped top of Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second highest peak. Climate on the Willamette changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - The Middle Fork Ranger District is located in the southern region of the Willamette National Forest. Salem is located approximately 100 miles northwest.


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Middle Fork Ranger District, Lowell Office 60 South Pioneer St. , Lowell, OR, 97452, Phone: 541-937-2129, Fax: 541-937-2032

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Willamette National Forest - The Willamette National Forest, in west-central Oregon, stretches for 110 miles along the western slopes of the Cascades. The Forest is known for its volcanic peaks, the forested Cascade Range, and its outstanding rivers.


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