White Cloud Mountains

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White Cloud Mountains
A photo of the White Cloud Mountains from Frog Lake
White Cloud Mountains
Highest point
Peak Castle Peak
Elevation 11,815 ft (3,601 m)
Coordinates 44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266Coordinates: 44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266
Dimensions
Length 25 mi (40 km) N/S
Width 32 mi (51 km) E/W
Area 461 sq mi (1,190 km2)
Geography
White Cloud Mountains is located in Idaho
White Cloud Mountains
Country United States
State Idaho
Parent range Rocky Mountains
Borders on Sawtooth Mountains and Boulder Mountains

The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, located in central Idaho, southeast of Stanley in Custer County. The range is located within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) and is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the United States outside of Alaska.[1] The mountains and roadless area are part of the proposed "White Cloud Wilderness Area," one of three new wilderness areas proposed as a part of the controversial Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act.[2][3][4]

The White Cloud Mountains are located on National Forest land in with numerous trails in the area. Camping is permitted anywhere on the national forest land and there are no fees to access the area.[5] Primary access to the area is via State Highway 75, the Salmon River Scenic Byway, which accompanies the main Salmon River as it descends along the range's western and northern perimeter.

The highest peak in the White Cloud Mountains, and the SNRA, is Castle Peak at 11,815 ft (3,601 m).[6] The Sawtooth Mountains are about twenty miles (32 km) west of the White Clouds, on the west side of the river and highway, and the Boulder Mountains are directly south of the White Clouds.

Peaks[edit]

A photo of Castle and Merriam peaks from the west
Castle and Merriam Peaks
Peaks of the White Cloud Mountains[7][8]
Mountain Peak Elevation Prominence Isolation Location Easiest Route
Castle Peak !B9918110331363 11,814 ft
3601 m
!B9928901205369 4,016 ft
1224 m
!B9893105582173 27 mi
44 km
44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266 (Castle Peak) Class 3
Calkens Peak !B9918391960790 11,486 ft
3501 m
!B9940598287472 1,247 ft
380 m
!B9908590097061 5.8 mi
9.3 km
44°07′11″N 114°37′12″W / 44.119646°N 114.620093°W / 44.119646; -114.620093 (Calkens Peak) Class 3
D. O. Lee Peak !B9918518435600 11,342 ft
3457 m
!B9948940545260 541 ft
165 m
!B9923941099989 1.2 mi
2.0 km
44°06′10″N 114°37′43″W / 44.102674°N 114.628671°W / 44.102674; -114.628671 (D. O. Lee Peak) Class 3
Lonesome Lake Peak !B9918553208165 11,302 ft
3445 m
!B9945028317747 801 ft
244 m
!B9925156313567 1.1 mi
1.8 km
44°04′31″N 114°36′43″W / 44.075396°N 114.612077°W / 44.075396; -114.612077 (Lonesome Lake Peak) Class 2
Peak 11,272 !B9918573548140 11,280 ft
3438 m
!B9946769900208 673 ft
205 m
!B9923990975404 1.2 mi
2.0 km
44°05′29″N 114°36′33″W / 44.09126°N 114.609296°W / 44.09126; -114.609296 (Peak 11272) Class 3
White Cloud Peak 9 !B9918588102065 11,263 ft
3433 m
!B9950512401096 463 ft
141 m
!B9931124474283 0.6 mi
1.0 km
44°06′41″N 114°37′36″W / 44.111383°N 114.626608°W / 44.111383; -114.626608 (White Cloud Peak 9) Class 2
Chinese Wall !B9918611432493 11,237 ft
3425 m
!B9959056554377 197 ft
60 m
!B9932430676107 0.5 mi
0.9 km
44°07′38″N 114°37′07″W / 44.127324°N 114.618743°W / 44.127324; -114.618743 (Chinese Wall) unknown
White Cloud Peak 10 !B9918731862792 11,102 ft
3384 m
!B9953556091008 341 ft
104 m
!B9932547636505 0.5 mi
0.9 km
44°07′03″N 114°36′36″W / 44.117573°N 114.609906°W / 44.117573; -114.609906 (White Cloud Peak 10) Class 4
Merriam Peak !B9918898731980 10,919 ft
3328 m
!B9949374049669 518 ft
158 m
!B9931865554004 0.6 mi
0.9 km
44°03′08″N 114°34′51″W / 44.052126°N 114.580744°W / 44.052126; -114.580744 (Merriam Peak) Class 3
Patterson Peak !B9918940888020 10,873 ft
3314 m
!B9956586651599 252 ft
77 m
!B9920842868006 1.7 mi
2.7 km
44°02′56″N 114°37′04″W / 44.04880°N 114.61780°W / 44.04880; -114.61780 (Patterson Peak) Class 2
White Cloud Peak 7 !B9919028780690 10,778 ft
3285 m
!B9946704262438 677 ft
206 m
!B9922251442333 1.5 mi
2.4 km
44°07′21″N 114°39′13″W / 44.12254°N 114.65374°W / 44.12254; -114.65374 (White Cloud Peak 7) Class 3
Fourth of July Peak !B9919089849582 10,712 ft
3265 m
!B9941554705610 1,133 ft
345 m
!B9916836997509 2.5 mi
4.1 km
44°01′48″N 114°38′06″W / 44.03010°N 114.63500°W / 44.03010; -114.63500 (Fourth of July Peak) Class 2
White Cloud Peak 5 !B9919197625837 10,597 ft
3230 m
!B9943036114598 977 ft
298 m
!B9927138082852 0.9 mi
1.5 km
44°08′08″N 114°39′29″W / 44.13550°N 114.65810°W / 44.13550; -114.65810 (White Cloud Peak 5) Class 4
White Cloud Peak 3 !B9919206918079 10,587 ft
3227 m
!B9944935308999 808 ft
246 m
!B9922506775353 1.4 mi
2.3 km
44°09′22″N 114°39′36″W / 44.15620°N 114.65990°W / 44.15620; -114.65990 (White Cloud Peak 3) Class 3
White Cloud Peak 8 !B9919234846724 10,558 ft
3218 m
!B9950634419093 457 ft
139 m
!B9926801350701 0.9 mi
1.5 km
44°06′18″N 114°38′49″W / 44.10503°N 114.64697°W / 44.10503; -114.64697 (White Cloud Peak 8) Class 3
Washington Peak !B9919272206668 10,518 ft
3206 m
!B9944323427552 859 ft
262 m
!B9917546155318 2.4 mi
3.8 km
44°00′31″N 114°40′21″W / 44.00850°N 114.67260°W / 44.00850; -114.67260 (Washington Peak) Class 2
Ebony Peak !B9919278446918 10,512 ft
3204 m
!B9953769898958 334 ft
102 m
!B9924934082199 1.1 mi
1.8 km
44°01′04″N 114°39′12″W / 44.01770°N 114.65320°W / 44.01770; -114.65320 (Ebony Peak) Class 3
Watson Peak !B9919337924319 10,449 ft
3185 m
!B9953216722933 353 ft
108 m
!B9930060670247 0.7 mi
1.1 km
44°07′51″N 114°41′08″W / 44.130972°N 114.685666°W / 44.130972; -114.685666 (Watson Peak) Class 3
White Cloud Peak 4 !B9919337924319 10,449 ft
3185 m
!B9944910571066 810 ft
247 m
!B9926036647061 1.0 mi
1.6 km
44°08′20″N 114°40′40″W / 44.13890°N 114.67790°W / 44.13890; -114.67790 (White Cloud Peak 4) Class 3
Croseus Peak !B9919397757595 10,387 ft
3166 m
!B9959516993762 188 ft
57 m
!B9933666815667 0.5 mi
0.8 km
43°59′53″N 114°39′06″W / 43.997965°N 114.651733°W / 43.997965; -114.651733 (Croseus Peak) unknown
White Cloud Peak 1 !B9919429393180 10,354 ft
3156 m
!B9950722391970 453 ft
138 m
!B9927415878494 0.9 mi
1.4 km
44°10′07″N 114°39′28″W / 44.16870°N 114.65777°W / 44.16870; -114.65777 (White Cloud Peak 1) Class 2
Blackmon Peak !B9919473851811 10,308 ft
3142 m
!B9951966349080 400 ft
122 m
!B9917160006957 2.5 mi
4.0 km
44°03′30″N 114°39′05″W / 44.05820°N 114.65140°W / 44.05820; -114.65140 (Blackman Peak) Class 2
White Cloud Peak 2 !B9919508922786 10,272 ft
3131 m
!B9949916339453 491 ft
150 m
!B9928298804565 0.8 mi
1.3 km
44°09′31″N 114°40′32″W / 44.15860°N 114.67550°W / 44.15860; -114.67550 (White Cloud Peak 2) Class 3
White Cloud Peak 6 !B9919524904890 10,256 ft
3126 m
!B9954323240184 316 ft
96 m
!B9936030703447 0.4 mi
0.6 km
44°07′50″N 114°38′52″W / 44.13046°N 114.64765°W / 44.13046; -114.64765 (White Cloud Peak 6) Class 2
Peak 10,041 !B9919738298050 10,039 ft
3060 m
!B9948233419220 581 ft
177 m
!B9929352409722 0.7 mi
1.2 km
43°57′23″N 114°42′25″W / 43.956400°N 114.707000°W / 43.956400; -114.707000 (Peak 10041) Class 2
Lookout Mountain !B9919823628400 9,954 ft
3034 m
!B9936629972933 1,854 ft
565 m
!B9904999795529 8 mi
13 km
44°11′34″N 114°45′32″W / 44.192659°N 114.758948°W / 44.192659; -114.758948 (Lookout Mountain) Class 1
Peak 9,988 !B9919823628400 9,954 ft
3034 m
!B9945978182364 728 ft
222 m
!B9922378293928 1.5 mi
2.4 km
43°56′42″N 114°40′02″W / 43.94510°N 114.66720°W / 43.94510; -114.66720 (Peak 9988) Class 2
Horton Peak !B9919883132708 9,895 ft
3016 m
!B9955677556491 276 ft
84 m
!B9927995751070 0.8 mi
1.3 km
43°57′57″N 114°44′51″W / 43.96580°N 114.74750°W / 43.96580; -114.74750 (Horton Peak) Class 1
Bible Back Mountain !B9919893084608 9,885 ft
3013 m
!B9951290099884 428 ft
130 m
!B9924770590819 1.1 mi
1.9 km
43°59′52″N 114°38′16″W / 43.997688°N 114.637843°W / 43.997688; -114.637843 (Bible Back Mountain) unknown

Lakes[edit]

See List of lakes of the White Cloud Mountains

Photos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "White Clouds". Summitpost.org. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ "An Idaho Solution to Idaho Land Management". U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ "CIEDRA". U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA)". Sierra Club Sawtooth Group. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Sawtooth National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  6. ^ "White Cloud Mountains". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  7. ^ Sawtooth National Forest. “Sawtooth National Forest” [map].1:126,720, 1”=2 miles. Twin Falls, Idaho: Sawtooth National Forest, United States Forest Service, 1998.
  8. ^ "White Cloud Peak List". Summitpost.org. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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