In 1978, Congress recognized 206,053 acres of undeveloped federal land as a special area and designated it the Gospel-Hump Wilderness. It is a land of contrasts: its northern section is moist and heavily forested, while the southern section is dry and sparsely vegetated. Separating these diverse landscapes is a rugged, glaciated divide where the Wilderness Areas’ namesake peaks are located. Elevations range from 1,970’ at the Salmon River to 8,940’ at the summit of Buffalo Hump. Find out more about this and other wildernesses at Wilderness.net
At a Glance
Permits are not required for either backpackers or persons with stock.
This is rugged wild country with no cell phone service. There is a 14-day limit on camping or storing equipment and supplies at a site. A site is defined as any location and the surrounding five mile area. Travel is permitted only by foot or by stock. Group size is restricted to 20 people and 20 head of stock. Use of wheeled vehicles and motorized equipment is prohibited.
Salmon River Ranger Station (208) 839-2211
Via the Salmon River Road #1618 go 22 miles from Riggins to the Wind River Pack Bridge; or via the Slate Creek Rd #354, 18.3 miles from US95 to Grangeville Salmon Road #221, then north 1 mile to the junction of the Moore's Gospel Road #444, then 12 miles east to Moore's Station.
In 1978, Congress recognized 206,053 acres of undeveloped federal land east of Riggins and north of the main Salmon River as a special area and designated it the Gospel-Hump Wilderness. Elevations in the Gospel-Hump Wilderness range from 1970 feet at the Wind River pack bridge on the Salmon River to 8940 feet at the summit of Buffalo Hump. The northern part of the Wilderness is moist and heavily forested; the southern part is dry and sparsely vegetated. The two parts are separated by a rugged, glaciated divide which contains the peaks for which the wilderness is named. Operational control of the area is split between Salmon River District on the west and Red River District on the east.