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Sawtooth Wilderness

Sawtooth Wilderness



Location: Blaine, Boise, Custer, Elmore counties, ID   Map

Area: 217,088 acres (878 km2)




Description of Sawtooth Wilderness

Sawtooth Wilderness is situated in Blaine, Boise, Custer, Elmore counties, Idaho in United States. Sawtooth Wilderness covers an area of 217,088 acres (878 km2) and it was established by 1977 Clean Air Act. The name of Sawtooth Wilderness is derived from a Sawtooth Range that this nature reserve protects. This series of mountain contains 42 mountains reach a height of over 10,000 feet including its two highest peaks of Mount Cramer and Thompson Peak. Sawtooth Wilderness offers many activities to its visitors including hiking, biking, camping, hunting and mountain climbing. Its 42 trails stretch for a total of 270 miles. You should be aware that some areas of awtooth Wilderness permit only limited number of tourists to reduce number of impact on the surrounding biosphere. Additionally some areas of the nature reserve prohibit open fires.


Keep yourself safe. Dress warmly and keep mosquito repellents to protect yourself from unpleasant pests. Additionally if you travel to Sawtooth Wilderness alone it would be wise to take something metallic that rattles. That is of course if you don't want to startle a bear by your sudden appearance.




Wilderness areas do not allow motorized or mechanical equipment, including bicycles. Although camping and fishing are allowed with proper permit, no roads or buildings are constructed, and there is also no logging or mining. Hunting is permitted during the appropriate hunting seasons. Hunting and fishing licenses are available from the state of Idaho through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. There are 40 trails totaling nearly 350 miles (560 km) in the wilderness that can be used for day hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding and accessed from 23 trailheads. Most of these trails were constructed or reconstructed in the 1960s. Mountain climbing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and backcountry downhill skiing are activities that are also permitted in the wilderness. The closest town to the wilderness is Stanley at the northern end of the Sawtooth Valley, but the communities of Atlanta and Sawtooth City also provide access to the wilderness.





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