Rawah Wilderness Rules and Regulations

  • Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited within 200’ feet of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed.
  • Campfires are prohibited in the alpine areas above 10,800 feet. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area.
  • Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times if hiking. Equestrian riders can have dogs under voice control.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public land. Only pelletized or steam-rolled feed grains, or certified weed-free hay, straw, or mulch are allowed.
  • Stock:
    • must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200’ feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean.
    • are prohibited on the Blue Lake trail between May 15 and September 15. Between September 16 and May 14, stock animals are prohibited within the Blue Lake closure area except for through travel on the trail.
  • Camping is prohibited within one-quarter mile of Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Do not camp or use a fire in re-vegetative sites. These areas are seeded with native, high-altitude grasses and need protection to grow.

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