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Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness

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Area Management

The Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

General Wilderness Prohibitions

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.

In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information.

These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.

Wilderness-Specific Regulations

Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information about the regulations listed.


The following Acts are prohibited:

1.Entering or being within the Hunter Fryingpand Wilderness wtih more than 15 people per group, and a maximum combination of 25 people and pack or saddle animals.

2. Builidng, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire:

a)within one hundred feet of any lake, stream, or National Forest System Trail.

b)within 1/4 mile of treeline or above treeline.

3. Storing equipment, personal property, or supplies for longer than 72 hours.

4. Possessing a dog, except a working stock dog or dogs beign used for legal hunting purposes, unless under physical restrain of a leash not to exceed six feet in length.

5. Possessing or using a wagon, cart, or other vehicle, including wheelbarrows and game carts.


The following Acts are prohibited:

1. Camping within one hundred feet of any lake, stream, National Forest System Trail, or any "No Camping" or "Wildereness Restoration" sign.


The following Acts are prohibited:

1. Hitching, tethering, or hobbling any pack or saddle animalwithin one hundred feet of any lake, stream, or National Forest System Trail.

2. Possessing, storing, or transporting any plant material, such as hay or straw. NOTE: Exceptions are allowed for livestock feed that has been processed through chemical or mechanical means in a manner that will destroy viable seeds. Examples of allowed material include pelletized feed and rolled grains.

Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness.

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