White Clouds Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The White Clouds Wilderness is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and was designated a wilderness area in 2015. 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 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 includinf 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 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 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. 

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping
Permit Info: Permits are not required for parties of 7 or fewer and you may sign-in at the trail heads. Groups with 8 or more people or groups with stock must obtain a permit from a Forest Service Office or by calling the Sawtooth NRA at (208)727-5000. Groups may not exceed 20 people and 25 head of stock in the White Clouds Wilderness. 
Restrictions: CAMPING: Camp at least 100 feet from trails, lakes and streams. Use existing camps in high traffic areas. Please keep pets on a leash. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any designated wilderness areas. Camping limits: Developed campgrounds: 10 day maximum stay length for campsites. Dispersed camping: North of Galena Summit there is a 16 day camping limit and you must relocate more than 10 miles from the original site for 14 days.  FIRE: All campfires must be on a fire pan or fire blanket or use existing fire rings. 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 within 200 yards of the following lakes:  Cirque, Cove, Sapphire, Sheep, Slide, Tin Cup, Gunsight, Four Lakes Basin, Scree, Shallow, Castle and Chamberlain, and 9849 lake. Wood is limited in these high alpine areas.  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! Bury human waste at least 100 feet from water sources. Cat-holes should be 6-8 inches deep and covered with soil. Properly dispose of toilet paper. 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 100 feet of springs, lakes and streams, nor grazed within 200 yards of lake shores. Keep bacteria out of water sources and protect fragile lake and stream shores. Grazing of equine stock is not allowed in the Salmon River drainage (east side of the wilderness). Feed is very limited. Carry pelletized feed. Prevent introduction of weeds. Help protect these fragile areas. Stock are allowed in campsites only when loading and unloading. Respect other users.
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.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.055

  Longitude : 
-114.607

  Elevation : 
11815