Red Mountain roadless area

Elevations in the Red Mountain proposed wilderness range from 4400 feet near the South Fork of the Payette River to 8722 at Red Mountain.

The 80,000 acre roadless area includes beautiful alpine and deep canyonland terrain, with important elk, bear, and mountain goat habitat. Wolves inhabit the area.

The lakes in Red Mountain nestle in glacially scoured cirque basins, with scenery similar to the nearby Sawtooth Mountains.

Mining threatens the area and some logging has occurred on the perimeter. Current motorized abuse of Red Mountain disrupts mountain goats and degrades trails not designed for motorcycles.

Seven wildlife species listed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as "species of special concern" live here. To enhance animal survival, a Red Mountain wilderness is needed to provide a biological link between the Sawtooth Wilderness (and its proposed additions) and the great Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness just to the north.

Above Warm Springs Creek Canyon in the Red Mountain roadless area.

Above Warm Springs Creek Canyon in the Red Mountain roadless area
Photo © Ralph Maughan

 


 

Red Mountain roadless area/ rmaughan2@cableone.net  /Nov. 26, 2002