Description - Sweet Home Ranger District has 5 established campgrounds with services from which to stage you activities in this forest. There are over 12 maintained cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails and many snowmobiling trails. For picnicking and other day use activities there are 4 areas to choose from. There are also over 7 lakes to fish in this area.
- For camping there is Fernview Campground, House Rock Campground, Lost Prairie Campground, Trout Creek Campground and Yukwah Campground. These campgrounds access many of the hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails in the area.
For cross-country skiing and snowshoeing there is the Lava Access Trails, the Middle Springs Trail, the Pumice Loop Trail and the South Springs Trail. Many of these trails share with snowmobilers.
For picnickers and other day use activities there are the Fernview Day Use Area, the House Rock Day Use Area, the Three Pools Day Use Area and the Trout Creek Day Use Area.
For fishing and scenery there are Cougar Lake, parish lake and Riggs Lake. The Quartzville Scenic Byway is a great way to see much of the Willamette National Forest.
For hiking there is the Browder Ridge Trail, the Cone Peak Trail and the Crescent Mountain Trail. These trails and others provide access to old-growth forest as well a scenery such as Scar Mountain, Rooster Rock, Swamp Peak and Tidbits Mountain.
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.
The Sweet Home Ranger District is located in the central eastern region of the Willamette National Forest. The town of Salem is approximately 50 miles to the northwest.