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Solitude, remote, primitive recreation (7500′ above sea level) Gearhart Mountain offers spectacular all around views. Area is 22,823 acres.

* Recommended maximum size for groups is 10 heartbeats (people + animals).

* Check at Ranger Station for fire restrictions.

* Maps and other information available at trailhead bulletin boards.

* 17 miles of trail open to hiking and horseback riding.

* Garbage…Burn what you can and Pack out what you can’t.

* No maintained water systems; boil all water taken from open sources.

* Come prepared for cold weather.

* Bring a first-aid kit.

* Pack or saddle animals are not permitted within 200 feet of Blue Lake, or any stream. (Except for watering, loading, unloading, or traveling on established trail routes. Forage is limited, so it is advisable to carry feed.)

* Wilderness closed to motorized or mechanized vehicles.


* Rock formations cap most of the high elevation ridgetops.

* Blue Lake (photo 88k) is a secluded spot in the Wilderness.

* Lodgepole Pine and mixed Ponderosa Pine and White Fir forests dominate the landscape at the lower elevations.

* Streams rush through narrow meadows within the forests.

* Wildlife viewing

* Fishing

* Swimming

* Trails open for hiking or horseback riding.

* Wildflowers

* Photography

Recommended Season:

Trails maintained from mid June through September.

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