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Clearwater Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The Clearwater Wilderness is 14,616 acres and borders Mount Rainier to the northeast. Bearhead Mountain towers above the headwaters of the Clearwater River as it flows north, dropping from the heart of the Wilderness through a forest of towering old-growth Douglas Fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock shading a lush understory of ferns, mosses, mushrooms, and berries. 

The Clearwater Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the goal of building a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

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