BEST AREAS FOR WILDERNESS CAMPING
WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST 1,302,523 acres. This National Forest in the northern part of Utah is made up of numerous tracts, including lands near Salt Lake City. In the region are the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, with many elevations over 10,000 feet. Highest point is 13,442-foot Gilbert Peak.
Scenery includes rugged, snow-capped mountains, rock outcroppings, steep ridges, and deep canyons, with hundreds of lakes and streams. There are forests of spruce, fir, pine, and aspen. Among the wildlife are elk, moose, antelope, mule deer, black bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and bobcat.
Wasatch-Cache has seven designated wilderness areas: a portion of the 460,000-acre High Uin-tas Wilderness, the 44,350-acre Mount Naomi Wilderess, the 25,500-acre Deseret Peak Wilderness, the 23,850-acre Wellsville Mountain Wilderness, the 16,000-acre Mount Olympus Wilderness, the 13,000-acre Twin Peaks Wilderness, and about 8,900 acres of the 30,000-acre Lone Peak Wilderness.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on about 1,050 miles of trails, including a section of the Great Western Trail (see entry page 278). Some trails receive heavy use. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Trails at high elevations may only be snow-free from July through September.
Horseback riding is allowed on many trails. Cross-country skiing is possible during winter on a variety of trails. Fishing is also available, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the National Forest, as are campfires,
except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary.
Special regulations apply for some of the designated wilderness areas and a few other locations. Here campsites must be at least 200 feet from water sources, food scraps must be carried out, swimming is not allowed, and pets are prohibited.
For Further Information: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 8234 Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84138; (801)524-5030.