Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 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 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. 

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 Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness. If you have wilderness area questions, please call the Sawtooth NRA (208) 727-5000.
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) except for at 200 yards (600 feet) from Walker Lake, Island Lake, Upper and Lower Chamberlain Lakes (9477 and 9197 feet) and Born Lakes (9555 feet) (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. 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. Recreational equine stock use is prohibited within the following drainages: Slickenslide Creek above  Quiet Lake; Boulder Chain Lakes Creek above Lodgepole Lake; Gunsight Creek; bighorn Creek; and Big Boulder Lakes, excluding Walker and Island Lakes (See Map). Pack goats are limited to 3 pack goates 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. Pack goats are not allowed in teh pack goat exclusion area, where bighorn sheep populations are high (See Map) .
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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