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Tatoosh Wilderness

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

One of five Wilderness areas near Mount Rainier National Park, the Tatoosh Wilderness Area shares a portion of the park’s southern boundary. The Tatoosh Range was used historically by Taidnapam (Upper Cowlitz) Indians. In mid-to-late August, Taidnapam families would climb up the ridge from fishing camps at the confluence of the Muddy Fork and Clear Fork Cowlitz Rivers, to hunt, gather materials for making baskets, and pick huckleberries for drying. The dried berries were transported to home villages for eating during the winter months. Archaeological evidence suggests that these high-country treks were a long-standing tradition among the local Indian people. 

The Tatoosh Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the mission to build 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. 

Tatoosh Lookout Trail