Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and was designated a wilderness area in 2015, it was renamed Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness in 2018. It is situated along the Salmon River adjacent to the Salmon River Mountains in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and to the north of the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness. The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness is a special area due to its combination of sub-alpine lakes, abundant creeks, hiking trails and the limestone and metamorphic silicates which give the mountain peaks its striking white appearance. There are numerous spectacular mountain peaks, including Propsect Point, Robinson Bar Peak, Lookout Mountain, Watson Peak, O'Calkens Peak, David O. Lee Peak, Merriam Peak, Castle Peak and Blackman Peak, many of which are over 10,000 feet in elevation. There is incredible fishing in the dozens of clear sub-alpine lakes in the area including the Big Boulder Lakes and Boulder Chain Lakes, The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness is host to many beautiful creeks including Blind Creek, Elk Creek, Warm Springs Creek, Beaver Creek, Germania Creek, Little Boulder Creek, Chamerlain Creek, Bear Lake Creek and many more. The hiking season is short with the alpine wildflowers bringing the area alive with color in the months of July and August. There are fabulous opportunities for viewing the scenery, plants and wildlife in this beautiful and very special wilderness. The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness offers opportunities for recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation and historic purposes. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any designated wilderness areas. 

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At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping
Permit Info: Permits are not required for parties, but users must sign-in at trailheads when entering the Cecil D. Andrus-White Cloud – see CDAWC Wilderness Map. Groups may not exceed 12 people and 14 head of stock, excluding pack goats which may not exceed 9 total. If you have wilderness area questions, please call the Sawtooth NRA (208) 727-5000 or Stanley Ranger Station (208) 774-3000. 

‚ÄčTravel & Camping: Motorized equipment and mechanized travel is not allowed in any designated wilderness areas, including bicycles, motorbikes, chainsaws, carts, and drones. Camp on already impacted surfaces, never camp on meadows or green vegetation. Good campsites are found, not made.     

Fire: Campfires are not allowed above 8,800 ft. elevation, except for within 200 yards (600 feet) of Walker Lake (9239 feet), Island Lake (9220 feet), Upper and Lower Chamberlain Lakes (9477 and 9197 feet) and Born Lakes (9555 feet) (See Campfire Restriction Map). If you build a fire, use only use dead and down wood and please use existing rock fire rings – do not create more. Fires damage vegetation, sterilize soil and scar the land. Wood burning camp stoves are prohibited in areas closed to all fires     

Human Waste: Human waste is a threat to the fragile alpine environments found in the Cecil D. Andrus-White Cloud Wilderness. It is necessary that users dig catholes 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water sources. Given our rocky terrain, we strongly recommend digging tools. WAG Bags are encouraged to carry out waste. Toilet paper should never be buried and needs to be carried out with users.     

Bears: All food should be stored in a bear safe way, in a bear box, bear bag or bear hang. Bear hangs must be 10 ft up and 4 ft out from the base of the treeHang all scented items such as snacks, toothpaste, wrappers, garbage, dirty dishes and dog food.     

Dogs: Dogs do not have to be on leash in the Cecil D. Andrus-White Cloud Wilderness. Control your pet, loose dogs can harass wildlife and stock, and disturb other visitors.     

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. Even "biodegradable" soap pollutes. Keep it pure!     

Stock: Stock must be contained 200ft away from lakes or springs (except at agency provided tie-ups), and no grazing within 200ft of lake shores. Groups must not exceed 14 head of stock.  Feed must be certified noxious weed free. The following areas are closed to equine stock: Slickenslide Creek above Quiet Lake, Boulder Chain Lakes above Lodgepole Lake, all Big Boulder Lakes EXCEPT Walker and Island Lakes, Gunsight Creek, and Bighorn Creek. All closure areas are shown in the Equine Exclusion Map. Goats are limited to 3 head per person, with a maximum of 9 per group. Goat closure areas includes Big Boulder and its tributaries shown in this Pack Goat Exclusion Map. Goats must be tethered within 30 ft of humans at night, must be on lead on trails with leads attached either to collars or halters, and pack goats are not allowed within 100 yards of bighorn sheep. To minimize contact between bighorn sheep and domestic pack goats, please see our Bighorn Sheep Protection Measures so you can help protect our native sheep populations. 

Closest Towns: Stanley, Idaho. 
Information Center: For information please contact the Sawtooth NRA at (208)727-5000 or the Stanley Ranger Station at (208)774-3000.  

Recreation Map

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Dispersed Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Non-Motorized


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

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