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Visitor Guide

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S awtooth National Forest VISITOR GUIDE oulton) ntains (© Mark M White Cloud Mou Includes the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Bull elk (© Wesle y Aston) What’s Inside Stanley Basin (© Mark Moulton) T Fast Forest he Sawtooth National Forest is a place of inspiring beauty and contrasting landscapes. National forest lands stretch from the “basin and range” of northern Utah to the lofty peaks of the Idaho Rockies and the headwaters of the legendary “River of No Return.” This diversity is coupled with a contrast in seasons creating winter wonders and summer “scene-sations.” Facts Elevation Range: 4,514’–12,009’ Acres: 2.1 million Alpine ski areas: 4 (27 lifts/138 runs) Unique features: • Largest whitebark pine in North America • Only population on the planet of Christ’s Indian Paintbrush • Clearest air (Sawtooth Wilderness) and longest salmon migration in the in the continental U.S. Get to Know Us ................. 2 Special Places ...................... 3 Sawtooth NRA .................... 4 Watchable Wildlife .......... 6 Scenic Byways .................... 7 Map ......................................... 8 Campgrounds ..................... 12 Winter Recreation ........... 14 Trails .......................................15 Activities ............................... 16 Know Before You Go........18 Contact Information ........ 20 The forest is home for deer, elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Gray wolves, wolverines, black bear, salmon, and many species of birds also thrive here. Trails, campgrounds, Wilderness, rivers, and scenic drives give visitors plenty of opportunities to connect with this special land. As an added gem, the forest also includes the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, commonly referred to as the “Heart of Idaho”. Come see for yourself! This Visitor Guide provides the information you need to make the most of your Sawtooth National Forest experience. G et to Know Us History T he first people to use the lands that are now the Sawtooth National Forest occupied this area between 8,000–7,000 BC. More recently (after 1,700 AD) the Shoshone—or Sheepeater people—lived in small bands on the northern end of the forest, harvesting roots and tubers, fish and game, and timber and rocks for tools. Historic barn in Lowe r Stanley (© Ed Cannady) 10 Shoshone, circa 1880-19 Trappers and explorers arrived in southern Idaho by the early 19th century and by 1849 immigrant trails were established through the southern end of the forest. Mining in Idaho started in the early 1860s and peaked in the 1880s, occasionally rebounding over the next 100 years. Cattle and sheep grazing was the primary large-scale land use on the forest for much of the 20th century. Logging activities focused on timber and firewood for homesteaders and miners. It wasn’t long before the area became popular with visitors who were drawn by the impressive scenery and recreational opportunities. The Minidoka and Sawtooth National Forests were established in 1905 by President Teddy Roosevelt and merged in 1953 as the Sawtooth National Forest. © Mark Moulton The Area The Sawtooth National Forest has two distinct geographic units separated by the Snake River Plain— Idaho’s “potato belt”—which relies on the forest for the water it needs to irrigate this important agricultural region. South of the Snake River Plain, the forest is part of the basin and range geologic province of western Utah, Nevada and southeastern Idaho. Here, a series of north-to-south faults break the country into mountain ranges separated by continuously widening basins. The climate Wolverine (© Wendy Nero) is desert-like, but the ranges capture snow, storing the moisture for later release into the surrounding basins of the Snake River Plain. Lower elevations host sagebrush and juniper that blend into aspen, lodgepole pine, and fir at higher elevations. Mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and sage grouse are common on this part of the forest. Two-thirds of the forest lies north of the Snake River Plain, where towering granite mountains are sliced by unfathomable rivers. These mountains are actually part of five ranges—the Sawtooth, Boulder, White Cloud, Smoky, and Pioneer, which are part of the famous Idaho Batholith. High alpine lakes abound in this rugged country. Rivers are lined with colossal cottonwoods and graceful willows. The uplands are blanketed with lodgepole pine, and Douglas and alpine fir, interspersed with whitebark pine and meadows strewn with wildflowers in the summer. Wildlife is plentiful with elk, deer, mountain goats, wolverines, wolves, black bear, cougars, and a wide variety of birds including sandhill cranes, osprey, and eagles. With the exception of the grizzly bear, just about every species that was here in the days of Lewis and Clark is still here today. Sawtooth Mountains (© Mark Moulton) The vast resources of the Sawtooth National Forest belong to all Americans. These resources must rely on the stewardship of all of us if they are to be sustained for future generations. 2 Special Places Rock Creek Complex Ketchum Area Trails Looking south from Twin Falls you’ll see the desert canyons of the South Hills with stately stands of cottonwood and aspen, and one of the state’s healthiest mule deer populations. The Rock Creek Canyon Road Ross Falls winds through volcanic ash deposits (tuff) that have eroded into hoodoos and pinnacles, giving the area an other-earthly feel. There are 8 campgrounds and 3 picnic areas open in the summer, and 3 trailheads that access 60 miles of trails (all but the 9.5-mile Rim View trail are open to motorized use). Don’t pass up the opportunity to drive the two miles to the Pike Mountain viewpoint (7,710’) for the interpretive displays and a spectacular panorama of the South Hills. In winter, Rock Creek Road is plowed to Diamondfield Jack Snow-park. A warming hut and popular trailhead provide access to miles of snowmobile trails. Mt. Harrison Mt. Harrison is the northernmost peak in the compact Albion Range where it shelters an alpine lake in a glacial cirque. It dominates the central Snake River Plain and is visible for miles. Lake Cleveland, Thompson Flats, and Bennett Springs Campgrounds, and the Twin Lakes Horse Camp are on the road to Mt. Harrison. The summit has a lookout and interpretive displays, and is the northern terminus for the 26-mile Skyline Trail that connects Mt. Harrison with the City of Rocks National Reserve to the south. The summit is also a popular launch point for hang and paragliders. The Mt. Harrison Research Natural Area (RNA) and Botanical Special Interest Area (BSIA) were established because of the striking geology and an isolated high-elevation ecosystem of rare plants, sagebrush-grasslands, and subalpine shrub communities. It also protects the only known population of Christ’s Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja christii. More than 40 miles of worldclass trails can be found within 5 miles of Ketchum. They offer easy access and unparalleled views, from Bald Mountain to shimmering aspen groves in Corral Creek. Fox Creek and Adams Gulch area trails are popular choices for mountain biking and day hiking. Pioneer Cabin (© Mark Moulton) Increase the radius to 10 miles and you’ll find more than 250 miles of trails with longer, more challenging routes and a bit more solitude. The Greenhorn Gulch area has great trails for mountain bikes and motorcycles, and is also open to equestrians. Pioneer Cabin Trails will take you to the heart of the Pioneer Range with views of Hyndman Peak (12,009’), the highest in the forest. These hikes require a bit more effort, but the rewards are worth it! The Harriman Trail is a 19-mile trail connecting the Sawtooth National Recreation Area-North Fork Visitor Center to Galena Lodge. It features resplendunt wildflower meadows, the rushing Big Wood River and deep green forests—all with the stunning Boulder Mountains as a backdrop. The trail is open for hiking, biking, and horseback riding in the summer with numerous access points along Highway 75 (the Sawtooth Scenic Byway). In the winter the trail is groomed for nordic skiing. For more information on other trails on the Sawtooth National Forest, see page 15. South Fork of the Boise River This beautiful mountain river rises in the Smoky Mountains of southcentral Idaho where, over epochs, it has carved a steep channel through the erosive granite of the Idaho Batholith here. Near the old mining community of Featherville, the aroma of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine will engulf you. This little visited but stunningly beautiful area has abundant recreation opportunities. The Bear Creek, Canyon, Kelly Creek, and Willow Creek trailheads access miles of trails and thousands of acres of roadless backcountry for horsepackers, hikers, and OHV enthusiasts. Eight campgrounds along the river are open from Memorial Day through hunting season, including Baumgartner Campground which even has a hot springs pool. This area is closed from Dec. 1-April 30 to protect wintering wildlife. 3 S awtooth N AT I O N A L R E C R E AT I O N A R E A It’s hard not to speak in superlatives when referring Redfish Lake to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA). Often referred to as the “Heart of Idaho,” this land is a mosaic of gem-colored lakes, aspen woodlands, sagebrush flats, and rushing streams. The Ice Age architecture of the stiletto peaks, steepwalled cirques, and tree-carpeted moraines delights both the photographer and the geologist. If the Sawtooth NRA is the heart of Idaho, then Redfish Lake is the heart of the Sawtooth NRA. Surrounded by inviting beaches and deep evergreen forests, its glacial waters reflect the lofty peaks of Mt. Heyburn (10,229’) and Grand Mogul (9,733’) on the western end. Contained within its 756,000 acres are most of four mountain ranges (Sawtooth, Smoky, Boulder and White Cloud), the headwaters of four major McGowan Peak (© Mike Norton) rivers (Payette, Salmon, Boise and Big Wood), hundreds of alpine lakes, over 1,000 miles of streams, and at least 50 peaks over 10,000’ in elevation. The presence of six threatened or endangered species attests to the vital role the area plays in conservation efforts. Redfish Lake is a nursery for the endangered Snake River sockeye salmon. It also supports a healthy population of kokanee salmon, a landlocked variety of sockeye that spawns each fall in the streams that feed Redfish Lake. On the northeast end of the lake, visitors will find Redfish Lake Lodge, Redfish Lake Visitor Center, Fishhook Creek Nature Trail, five campgrounds, two swimming beaches, a boat launch, and three picnic areas. On the southwest end is the Redfish Inlet Campground which can only be reached by trail or boat. Mountain blue bird and meadowlark (© Mark Moulton) © Mark Moulton People have long enjoyed this area. Native American hunters visited Redfish Lake 9,500 years ago, using the Redfish Rock Shelter as cover while they searched for elk, deer, antelope, and salmon. As European settlers arrived, they established mines and ranching homesteads. Two National Recreation Trails offer short, self-guided walks for users of all abilities: the Fishhook Creek Boardwalk at Redfish Lake and the Wood River Nature Trail located in Wood River Campground. 4 Redfish Lake (© Mike Norton) Redfish Lake Lodge offers a variety of recreation services in a rustic setting including rental cabins, a marina, a restaurant, convenience store, bicycle and boat rentals, the Ladyof-the-Lake boat tours and a boat shuttle that ferries people across the lake to the Sawtooth Wilderness. For More Sawtooth NRA Information The best place to start your visit is at one of the Forest Service offices. The North Fork Visitor Center near Ketchum and the Stanley Ranger Station are open year round. The Redfish Lake Visitor Center is open during the summer months. Interpretive exhibits, daily activities, evening campfire programs and outreach education are offered throughout the year. Sawtooth NRA Headquarters and Visitor Center The Sawtooth National Recreation Area was set aside by Congress in 1972 to “assure the preservation and protection of the natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values and to provide for the enhancement of the recreation values associated therewith.” Stanley and Lower Stanley White Cloud & East Fork Ranges The “Old West” communities of Stanley and Lower Stanley lie at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains and surround the confluence of Elk near Stanley (© Mark Moulton) Valley Creek and the Salmon River. Stanley is the headquarters for float trips and other outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountains of central Idaho. From a distance, the limestone peaks of the White Clouds resemble fluffy clouds, a clue to the origin of its name. The White Clouds form the eastern edge of the Sawtooth NRA, and although Boulder Chain Lakes they see less recreation use than the Sawtooth Range, they are every bit as spectacular. Numerous peaks top 11,000’. Hikers, horsepackers, mountain bikers and motorcyclists will be treated to steep cliffs and more than 125 untarnished mountain lakes. The “Fourth of July” and Washington Lakes trails are popular short hikes into the heart of this alpine wonderland. While in the area, stop by the historic Stanley Museum, located in the former Valley Creek Ranger Station and operated by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association (SIHA). Displays and artifacts interpret central Idaho’s cultural and natural history, and in the summer you can enjoy lectures outside. For more information, visit www. DiscoverSawtooth.org. Stanley Basin/Sawtooth Valley Connecting the communities of Smiley Creek and Stanley, the picturesque Sawtooth Valley is a lovely combination of sagebrush flats and grassy meadows backed by forests of pine and aspen. The valley is the headwaters of the famous Salmon River (the “River of No Return”) which winds along its length. The Sawtooth Mountains rise to the west while the White Cloud Range stands guard to the east. Much of this special valley is privately owned. However, the Forest Service has acquired conservation easements on most of these properties to ensure open space, prevent incompatible development, and maintain public access to national forest lands. For a more challenging trip, try the Boulder Chain Lakes on the east side. The drive to 10,000’ Railroad Ridge requires a 4-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle, but will reward you with sweeping views of central Idaho and the strikingly beautiful Chinese Wall. Also on the east side of the White Clouds is the East Fork of the Salmon River which is one of the premiere wildlife viewing and hunting areas within the Sawtooth NRA. Here, you may see elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes and beaver. Mountain goat While in Sawtooth Valley you may want to take side trips to Alturas or Pettit Lakes; visit historic sites such as the 1909 vintage Pole Creek Ranger Station; or see the abandoned mining town of Sawtooth City. The Sawtooth Fish Hatchery at the north end of the valley is a great place to learn about native fish in the area. Take a scenic drive on the Nip and Tuck Road or see it by snowmobile in winter. If highway driving is more your style, you can’t go wrong here—every highway within the Sawtooth NRA is a scenic byway. Fisher Creek Trail (© Ed Cannady) Sawtooth Valley 5 G et to Know Us Sawtooth Wilderness Peregrin falcon (© M. Lorenz) A centerpiece of the Sawtooth NRA is the 217,000-acre Sawtooth Wilderness that encompasses hundreds of jagged peaks (more than 40 over 10,000’), high alpine lakes, and tranquil basins. Secluded valleys provide habitat for abundant wildlife. Perhaps the best thing about the Sawtooth Wilderness is invisible—it boasts the clearest air in the continental United States! There are over 270 miles of trail but much of the Wilderness is only accessible via offtrail route finding. Open fires are not permitted in some high-use regions, and group size is limited in the area to help reduce human impacts. Even in the summer, temperatures might drop to freezing so pack accordingly. © Mark Moulton For more information on the National Wilderness Preservation System, visit www.wilderness.net. Watchable Wildlife Grey wolf (© Stayer) Here are just a few of the forest’s highlights: Birds - The Sawtooth National Forest is home for an abundance of avian species due to its wide range of elevations and habitat types. Birders may be particularly interested in the South Hills Crossbill which has been seen at Porcupine Campground and Diamondfield Jack Recreation Areas. Wolves - You may spot a wolf on the north end of the forest. They tend to follow elk herds so can sometimes be seen where elk are present. Sawtooth Valley and the Big Wood River are good places to search. Pronghorn - Open sagebrush Moose - These large animals can often be found standing Pronghorn (© Tyler Olson) areas are the preferred summer range of pronghorn. Dry Creek and Langford Flat on the Cassia District, and the Sawtooth Valley on the north end are great places to spot them. knee-deep in rivers or swampy lakes. In the summer, moose reside throughout the forest, while winter usually finds them concentrated in riparian areas. On the north end of the forest, look for them along Trail Creek and the Big Wood River. On the south end, try the Howell Creek and Sublett Creek areas. Beaver - These large rodents live throughout the forest. Look for their dams and lodges where creeks flow through meadows. Shoshone Creek, Liberal Creek, the Big Wood River, Trail Creek, Fishhook Creek, and Deer Creek are great places to look. Moose (© Wesley Aston) Woodpeckers - Ten species of woodpeckers make their home here. Look for hairy woodpeckers and three-toed woodpeckers in lodgepole pine forests. Red-naped sapsuckers can be found in mature aspen stands. Mountain Goats - These sure-footed animals live within the mountains on the north end of the forest, in subalpine and alpine habitat above 7,000’. There are viewing sites along Highway 75 in the Sawtooth NRA and along the Harriman Trail. Pileated woodpecker (© Mark Moulton) 6 Rocky Mountain goat Beaver (© Jason Kasumovi) W ildlife Viewing Ethics ¢¢ Give the wildlife their space. Use those binoculars! ¢¢ Please leave "orphaned" or sick animals alone. Often the parents are close by and are waiting for you to leave. ¢¢ Pets must be restrained at all times. ¢¢ Do not feed wildlife—they can become habituated to handouts, losing their instinctive fears of people. Often the only solution is to euthanize the animal. ¢¢ Leave the area if an animal shows signs of alarm. Watch and listen for raised ears, skittish movements, or alarm calls. Scenic Byways Sawtooth Scenic Byway Salmon River Scenic Byway Beginning in Shoshone, one of the first major features is the Black Magic Canyon geological attraction. The route then rolls north through lava deposits and agricultural land to the resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley. The northern end of the Salmon River Scenic Byway begins on the Montana border at the Lost Trail Pass (6,995 feet). Lewis and Clark came this way in 1805, and the spectacular view from this vantage point has changed little since that famous exploration of the West two centuries ago. The route follows the Salmon River—the famous River of No Return—through the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the historic city of Salmon. The river and its forks © Mark Moulton serve as important natural pathways into Idaho’s rugged backcountry. The deer, elk, and moose that often graze along the hills and meadows that line this road provide a glimpse of the wild country beyond. Length: 116 mi./186 km. Highlights: Black Magic Canyon; lava deposits; Big Wood River and stunning mountain views From there, the road winds its way through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, following the Big Wood River past the majestic Boulder and Smoky Mountains to Galena Summit at 8,701 feet. From Galena, the view showcases the stunning Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains and the spectacular Sawtooth Valley. © Mark Moulton Along the way, wildlife watchers should stay alert for wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, deer, elk, sandhill cranes, and wolves. Length: 162 mi./259 km. Highlights: Historical Lewis & Clark route; mining towns; abundant wildlife Along the way, the town of Challis and the Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area are just two points of interest, the latter being among Idaho’s most famous mining areas. And as you head southwest along Idaho 75 toward Stanley, you’ll begin to see glimpses of the majestic Sawtooth Mountains ahead before beholding their full splendor as you drop into town. Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Length: 131 mi./210 km. Highlights: Gold panning; river views; Wilderness access The western end of the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway starts in Boise. It follows Idaho 21 north to the historic mining town of Idaho City, where you can still pan for gold in a nearby stream bed. Campgrounds and fishing opportunities dot the route from Idaho City to Lowman along the South Fork of the Payette River, as you slowly climb along the byway’s northeasterly route. At the road to Grandjean, the roadway leaves the Payette River and squeezes between two of Idaho’s wilderness areas. On the right, the Sawtooth Wilderness and its 217,000 pristine acres of majestic peaks and sparkling lakes. To the left is the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, with more contiguous acres of roadless wilderness than anywhere else in the lower 48 states. From Banner Summit, at 7,056 feet, you descend to Stanley. As the roadway grooves through the steep foothills and thick forest, you can catch glimpses of the Sawtooth Mountains ahead. As you drop into Stanley, they come into full, magnificent view. © Mark Moulton 7 S awtooth National Forest Red-t Sawtooth NRA, Ketchum, & Fairfield Ranger Districts Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Sheep Trail 455 Lakeview k Stanley Lake Iron Creek rk Fo 824 a H Grand Jean Lower Salmon Riv er lm Sa on SAWTOOTH NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Bo ise Sawtooth Scenic Byway R st Alturus Lake Smokey Bear & North Shore r ive 208 ac Ea a kc er Riv Pettit Lake Fork 205 Alturus Lake Inlet a Smiley Creek x Pole Creek ! 94 215 1 Caribou Wood Easley River ise Bo Sawtooth Scenic Byway Bear Creek a a x River Abbot 079 Willow a Creek Boise a Bird Creek Baumgartner a 227 a Baker Creek s a Canyon a Bowns Big Smoky 227 75 a Boundary KETCHUM RANGER DISTRICT 085 Fork Featherville ! a a Sawtooth NRA Headquarters North Fork East Fork 162 Chaparral ac a q Easley Hot Springs Resort FAIRFIELD RANGER DISTRICT a a Murdock od Wo BOISE NATIONAL FOREST River a x Galena Lodge Big Atlanta ! Galena Overlook Nor th Wood Chemeketan a V rk Fo Fo rk Salmon River Scenic Byway 75 Riv er le a Buckhorn SAWTOOTH WILDERNESS dd Torreys Hole Springs Salmon c Sawtooth Inset x Hatchery Pa ye tte Mi Holman Creek c a k Snyder a Sunny Gulch See Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway rth No Whiskey Flats Stanley Scenic Byway Info 21 South a Upper & a Lower Obrien x! q! Stanley a Elk Creek k Fo rk Sawtooth Lodge ! Hx 75 146 BOISE NATIONAL FOREST a Riverside Salmon a River a aa Mormon Stanley Museum Bend aa 9 Stanley Lake Inlet Sunbeam Dam/Resort Casino Creek a Elk Creek Riv er a Riv er Trap Creek a SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST 61 21 ! Sun Ketchum ! Valley Bald Mountain 2 Fork t Eas 22 7 River 61 Sou th Five Pointsa Deer Creek a 097 Sawtooth Scenic Byway 095 Pine ! ! Hailey 61 Bellevue ! Hunter a Creek 181 Anderson Ranch Reservoir 055 4 09 Pioneer a Soldier Mountain 2 75 20 8 ! Fairfield tailed hawk 93 Redfish Lake Inset Chinook Bay Mountain View Little Redfish Lake a a B efore venturing on to the Sawtooth National Forest, please pickup a map with the level of detail appropriate for your planned activities: For motorized travel: Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available at all Forest Service offices, and may be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth 214 Redfish Lake Lodge Point H Glacier North Shore Redfish Visitor Center a View q c a c Point National forest maps may be purchased at: a Mt Heyburn a Sawtooth National Forest Sawtooth NRA Wilderness Forest Supervisor’s Office a c Campground x Point of Interest V Scenic Overlook k Boat Launch q Information Center s H 2 Guard Station Picnic/Day Use Area Lodge Downshill Ski Area District Ranger Office 89 U.S. Highway 143 State Highway 48 Forest Route 549 Forest Road Paved Roads Unpaved Roads Scenic Byway or Backway ¯ Wood a Federal Gulch Copper Creek a tle 134 Lit a www.nationalforeststore.com Riv er Riv er Sawmill od Wo 118 Topographic maps are recommended. Visit the US Geological Survey for online purchases: www.usgs.com/ Sandy Beach k 93 SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST For hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding: a Outlet Redfish Lake Sockeye c Outlet © Mark Moulton 20 9 S awtooth National Forest Minidoka Ranger District To Boise 93 To Shoshone To Minidoka 27 To Buhl 30 ! Twin Falls ! Rupert 24 84 Sna 93 ke River Burley ! ! Heyburn 81 30 27 77 93 Schipper a Birch Glen c Harrington c Fork Steer Basin a 5 51 To Jackpot Bear Gulch a 500 Lake Cleveland Mt Harrison c Third Fork Upper/Lower a Penstemon Rock Creek s 2 Magic Mountain a Pettit Diamondfield Jack a a Porcupine Springs Oakley ! Bennett Thompson Springs Flat a V a 549 a Pomerelle c2 a Twin Lakes 548 500 Bostetter aa Father & Sons CASSIA DIVISION ALBION DIVISION CITY OF ROCKS NATIONAL RESERVE RAFT RIVER DIVISION 10 © Zschnepf To Pocatello B efore venturing on to the Sawtooth National Forest, please pickup a map with the level of detail appropriate for your planned activities: Snake River For motorized travel: Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available at all Forest Service offices, and may be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth 86 For hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding: Topographic maps are recommended. Visit the US Geological Survey for online purchases: www.usgs.com/ National forest maps may be purchased at: www.nationalforeststore.com er Riv ft a R 81 a Mill Flat Sawtooth NRA Wilderness Forest Supervisor’s Office 5 56 Sawtooth National Forest Sublett ! Malta a SUBLETT DIVISION 77 42 84 ft Ra 005 r ve Ri a c Campground x Point of Interest V Scenic Overlook k Boat Launch q Information Center s H 2 Guard Station Picnic/Day Use Area Lodge Downshill Ski Area District Ranger Office 89 U.S. Highway 143 State Highway 48 Forest Route 549 Forest Road Paved Roads Unpaved Roads Scenic Byway or Backway ¯ BLACK PINE DIVISION a Clear Creek 30 To Snowville, UT 30 © Terrance Emerson Mountain lion 11 C ampgrounds Sawtooth National Recreation Area NAME # OF UNITS SEASON AMENITIES See map on page 8. RESERVABLE Salmon River Canyon Area Stanley Lake & Highway 21 Area Redfish Lake Area Alturas & Pettit Lake Area Wood River Area Campsite fees range from $5-$32 depending on campsite size and season, and are subject to change. 12 Caribou 7 May-Sept. gLj No Easley 10 May-Sept. g ZL, j - Yes Murdock 10 May-Sept. g ZL, j No North Fork 28 June-Sept. g ZL, j Yes Wood River 30 May-Sept. g ZL, jW No Alturas Inlet 28 June-Sept. g ZL m , jk Yes Chemeketan Group Site 1 June-Sept. g( Yes North Shore Alturas 15 May-Sept. g ZL j No Pettit Lake 13 May-Sept. g ZL mjk No Smokey Bear 11 June-Sept. g ZL jk No Chinook Bay 13 May-Sept. g ZL j No Glacier View 65 May-Sept. g ZL mj Yes Mount Heyburn 20 May-Sept. g ZL mjk No Mountain View 7 May-Sept. g ZL j No Outlet 19 May-Sept. g ZL m j Yes Point 17 May-Sept. g ZL m j Yes Redfish Inlet 6 June-Sept. gL ,j No Sockeye 23 May-Sept. g ZL, j k No Sunny Gulch 45 May-Sept. g ZL Yes Elk Creek Group Site 3 May-Sept. g ZL( Yes Grandjean 31 May-Sept. g ZL, j No Iron Creek 9 June-Sept. g ZL, No Lakeview 6 May-Sept. g ZL j No Sheep Trail Group Site 4 May-Sept. g ZL( Yes Stanley Lake 19 May-Sept. g ZL j Yes Stanley Lake Inlet 14 May-Sept. g ZL m , jk No Trap Creek Group Site 3 May-Sept. g ZL Yes Casino Creek 19 May-Sept. g ZL, j No Holman Creek 10 May-Sept. g ZL j No Lower O’Brien 10 May-Aug. g ZL j No Mormon Bend 15 May-Sept. g ZL jk No Riverside 17 May-Sept. g ZL j No Salmon River 30 May-Sept. g ZL j No Upper O’Brien 9 May-Sept. g ZL j No Whiskey Flats 4 May-Sept. g ZL j No Toilets Z L Drinking Water m Swim Beach ( Garbage Collection Hiking Trail Hot Springs Group Site Boat Ramp k Horse [ Facilities Nature W Trail j Fishing Salmon River Campground Glacier View Campground All campground units have tables and firerings, along with other amenities as noted. Pets must be on a leash in campgrounds. To make reservations, use the National Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov Fairfield, Ketchum, & Minidoka Ranger Districts NAME FEE # OF UNITS SEASON AMENITIES Fairfield & Ketchum: see map on pages 8-9. Minidoka: see map on page 10-11. RESERVABLE Minidoka Ranger District Ketchum Ranger District Fairfield Ranger District For campgrounds with fees, they range from $5-$20 depending on campsite size and season, and are subject to change. Abbot Yes 7 May-Sept. gLj No Baumgartner Yes 29 May-Sept. g ZLW j( Yes Bear Creek No 3 May-Sept. gL[ No Bird Creek Yes 5 May-Sept. gLj No Bowns Yes 12 May-Sept. g ZL j No Canyon Yes 6 May-Sept. g ZL [ No Chaparral Yes 12 May-Sept. gLj No Five Points No 3 May-Sept. gL No Hunter Creek No 4 May-Oct. g[ No Pioneer No 4 May-Sept. g ZL No Willow Creek Yes 5 May-Sept. gj No Willow Creek Transfer Camp No 5 May-Sept. gL[ No Boundary Yes 8 May-Sept. g LZ, No Copper Creek No 8 June-Oct. g No Deer Creek No 2 May-Oct. g No East Fork Baker Creek No 7 May-Oct. g No Federal Gulch No 4 May-Oct. g, No Sawmill No 3 May-Oct. g No Bear Gulch No 8 May-Sept. g No Bennett Springs No 6 June-Sept. g No Bostetter No 10 June-Sept. g No Clear Creek No 14 June-Oct. g No Diamondfield Jack Yes 7 June-Oct. gZ No Father and Sons No 5 June-Oct. g No Independence Lakes No 9 July-Oct. g[ No Lake Cleveland Yes 29 July-Sept. g Yes Lower Penstemon Yes 6 June-Sept. gZ Yes Mill Flat No 7 June-Oct. g No Pettit Yes 8 June-Sept. gZ No Porcupine Springs Yes 36 June-Sept. gZ Yes Schipper Yes 5 May-Oct. g No Steer Basin Yes 4 May-Oct. g No Sublett No 9 May-Oct. g No Twin Lakes Yes 10 July-Oct. g[ No Upper Penstemon Yes 9 June-Sept. gZ No fferent ways to There are many di th National Forest! camp on the Sawtoo Mill Flat Campground 13 A ctivities Winter Recreation Alpine Skiing mri © Wolfgang A Four ski resorts operate on the Sawtooth National Forest with 28 lifts and over 130 runs: ¢¢ Soldier Mountain – Ten miles north of Fairfield, this is a family-friendly resort with a vertical drop of 1,400 feet and 36 runs with 3 lifts. A new day lodge was built in 2010 (www.soldiermountain.com). ¢¢ Magic Mountain – A small family-oriented ski area about 30 miles south of Hansen, it has a vertical drop of 700 feet, 20, runs and 3 lifts. (www.magicmountainresort.com). ¢¢ Pomerelle – With some of the most reliable and deepest snow in the state, Pomerelle is south of Albion and west of Malta. Popular with local skiers and snow boarders it has a vertical drop of 1,000 Wood River Valley feet, 24 runs, and 3 lifts (www.po

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