Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness

Area Status: Open

This special area is located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and was designated a wilderness area, along with the White Clouds Wilderness, in 2015. The Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness is unique in its geological formations and location near the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness and the White Clouds Wilderness. The Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness was renamed in 2018. This Wilderness area is includes varous forks of the Salmon River and Big Wood River and many creeks including King Creek, Ibex Creek, and Lost Mine Canyon Creek. There are several very high elevation peaks and many deep canyons which make for wonderful habitat for numerous species of wildlife to thrive including mountain lions, wolves, mountain goats, elk, and moose. Some of the tallest peaks in the area include Galena Peak, Easley Peak, Silver Peak, Ryan Peak, Kent Peak and Glassford Peak, several of which are over 11,000 feet in elevation. There is tremendous fishing available in the rivers and creeks in the Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness as well as incredible hikes with terrific opportunities to view nature and the abundant wildlife. Photography is very popular in this wilderness area because of its unique blend of natural structures and incredible landscapes. This wilderness offers opportunities for recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation and historic purposes. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted in any designated wilderness areas. 

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping
Permit Info: Permits are not required for parties, but please sign-in at trailheads. Groups may not exceed 12 people and 14 head of stock, excluding pack goats which may not exceed 9 total in the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness. If you  have wilderness area questions, please call the Sawtooth NRA at (208)727-5000 or at a Forest Service Office in advance of your trip.
Restrictions: CAMPING: Camp at least 100 feet from trails, lakes and streams. Use existing campsites. Do not create new campsites.. Please keep pets on a leash. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any designated wilderness areas. FIRE: Use of gas stoves is highly recommended. If you must build a fire, use only use dead and down wood. Fires damage vegetation sterilize soil and scar the land. Campfires are not allowed above 8800 feet in elevation (wood is limited in these areas) (See Map). SANITATION: Pack out all trash. This includes food scraps. Help remove evidence of your stay and keep the area clean. Wash 150 feet away from lakes and streams. Wash 200 feet away from lakes and streams. Even "biodegradable" soap pollutes. Keep it pure! Bury human waste at least 200 feet from water sources, campsites and trails. Cat-holes should be 6-8 inches deep and covered with soil. Properly dispose of toilet paper and hygiene products. We prefer that you carry it out. STOCK: Use proper stock containment methods. If you must tie to live trees limit it to periods of less than one hour. Stock are not to be tethered within 200 feet of springs, lakes and streams, nor grazed within 200 feet of springs, lakes and shores. Keep bacteria out of water sources and protect fragile lake and stream shores. Weed free feed is required on all National Forest land. Prevent introduction of weeds. Help protect these fragile areas. Stock are allowed in campsites only when loading and unloading. Respect other users. Pack goats are limited to 3 pack goats per person and a maximum of 9 pack goats per group. All pack goats must be on lead on trails, with leads attached either to collars or halters. Pack goats must be tethered within 30 feet of humans at night. To prevent the transmission of disease from domestic goats to bighorn sheep, pack goats are not allowed within 100 yards of bighorn sheep.
Closest Towns: Ketchum, Idaho or Stanley, Idaho. 
Information Center: For information please contact the Sawtooth NRA at (208)727-5000, the Ketchum Ranger Station at (208) 622-0090, Stanley Ranger Station at (208)774-3000, or the Supervisors Office at (208)737-3200.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Non-Motorized

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Tent camping:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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