Dispersed Camping

Backpackers seeking a Wilderness or backcountry experience should consult one of the many trail guides available, and should be familiar with the Forest's Backcountry Camping Rules.

When camping in the backcountry - camping and fires are prohibited:

  • Within 200 feet of certain trails and water bodies.
  • Within 1/4 mile of backcountry facilities (shelters, huts, and trailheads).
  • In the alpine zone - where trees are 8 feet or less (except on two feet of snow).
  • Within 1/4 mile of certain roads.
  • Please consult the Forest's Backcountry Camping Rules for more information. 
  • Be certain to view the Recreation Conditions Report for the most current trail and camping information.

Forest Protection Area - Know Before You Go 

Forest Protection Area (FPA) are potentially overused or fragile areas of the Forest where use restrictions are applied. Restrictions may include limits on camping use, use of wood or charcoal fires, and limits on party size.  

Specific areas are identified below and should be referred to if planning a visit:


Dispersed Camping Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities