Visit the Forest
The forest closure implemented following the Holiday Farm Fire (September 2020) is still in place for many areas within the fire perimeter on the Willamette National Forest. Only permitted users are allowed within the fire closure area. The 15 (Blue River Reservoir) and 1506 roads that access the Andrews Forest are open to all traffic. However, the burned portions of the Andrews Forest are only accessible to research projects with an approved research and safety plan. Current information on Willamette National Forest alerts and closures.
Stay up to date with covid-related access in the Willamette National Forest, which includes the Andrews Forest. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/home/?cid=FSEPRD716206. The Andrews Forest headquarters facilities are closed to all visitors except researchers on pre-approved mission-critical projects. The forest itself, outside of headquarters and fire closure areas, is open.
Be aware that much of the Andrews Forest is under snow and inaccessible during the winter months. Before you travel, check out the webcams and current weather conditions. If you visit, stop at the large display board at the junction of Forest Roads 15 and 1506. The display has a map of the Andrews Forest and provides a short history of the site.
The Lookout Creek Old-Growth Trail, is a 3.5 mile hike through classic old-growth forest along Lookout Creek. The Lookout Creek Old Growth brochure provides natural history information about the forest seen from the trail.
The Carpenter Mountain Lookout Trail is a one-mile climb to the lookout for grand views.
Camping is available at the nearby Mona Campground.
The Andrews Forest's Headquarters facilities, which include apartments, offices, conference hall, and a classroom, are available for year-round use, with a capacity of up to about 80 people. The facilities are available for a variety of group functions: short courses, workshops, overnight field trips, planning sessions, retreats, etc. While priority is given to publicly-affiliated organizations, use by private organizations is also welcome. Priority during summer field season is given to research projects and education groups. The winter season is quieter: use for meetings and workshops is welcomed and encouraged. Find out more about our Facilities.
If you can’t travel to the forest, check out the virtual tour of the old-growth trail to learn about the ecosystem and some of the essential characteristics of an old growth forest.
Fishing and Collecting is Prohibited
Fishing and collection of forest products, such as flowers, moss, mushrooms, bear grass, or fir boughs, are prohibited on the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Many of these organisms are being studied by researchers and their removal can have serious, negative impacts. However, fishing is permitted in nearby Blue River, Blue River Reservoir, and the McKenzie River. Please check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife web page for license and regulations for sport fishing and hunting.
If you would like more information or to arrange a tour of the Andrews Forest, please contact the Andrews Forest Director.