Leave No Trace in the Sawtooths
A permit is required. Don’t worry, these permits are free. You can pick one up at a permit box at the trailhead. Please fill it out completely. The tan copy with stay with you during your trip. You will need to deposit the white copy in the permit box. Be sure to read the back of your permit, it has the wilderness regulations you are agreeing to uphold.
White Cloud Wilderness:
Ride responsibly! There are hikers and horses on the trails as well. Bikes should yield to both hikers and riders.
Motor vehicle use maps
If a restroom or outhouse is not near by, human waste must be buried in the ground 6-8 inches deep. Learn how to dig a cathole like a pro (link). All toilet paper, wipes, and feminine products must be packed out! Why? In our high alpine ecosystems toilet paper will not decompose quickly and is often dug up by critters, yuck!
In some areas, due to the high use and lack of natural soil, packing out human waste is strongly recommended. Help protect our water quality and fragile alpine ecosystems by using WAG bags. WAG bags are a nifty waste disposal system that makes packing out your waste a breeze. You can purchase them at the Redfish Visitor Center, Stanley Ranger Station, North Fork Visitor Center or online. Check out restop.com for some options.
Dog poop can be packed out or buried 6-8 inches deep away from water, just like our poop.
There are many reasons why campfires are prohibited. High alpine ecosystems do not produce much firewood. The slow growth of plants and trees at higher elevations makes dead and down trees you would use as firewood rare and important to the ecosystem. Some popular lakes have too many people visiting to provide enough fuel for everyone’s fire without removing those nutrients from the ecosystem. Additionally, many areas have only one trail in or out and a wildfire started by a campfire could trap other hikers and campers. Help protect the beautiful and fragile ecosystems of the Sawtooths and respect other visitors by knowing the campfire regulations.
If a campfire is allowed in the Sawtooth Wilderness, the fire must be built on a fire blanket or in a fire pan. In many areas campfires are never allowed. If you see a rock fire ring on the ground, it is illegal, please don’t use it. Wilderness Rangers and volunteers clean up hundreds of campfire rings each season from the Wilderness. Consider bringing a camp stove to prepare food you were planning to cook.
How to use a fire pan and fire blanket (links).