Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Area
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Located in White River National Forest
Neighboring towns: Aspen, Woody Creek, Leadville, Twin Lakes, Norrie, Meredith
Rugged and unfrequented peaks oversee forested trout streams in this area north of Independence Pass.
Central Colorado's Hunter - Fryingpan Wilderness maintains a low profile, largely forgotten between the lofty heights of its neighbors, Collegiate Peaks and Maroon Bells - Snowmass wilderness areas. Dominated by rugged and unnamed peaks of the Williams Mountains, the valleys of Hunter - Fryingpan lead through dark spruce forests, past gurgling trout streams, to flower-covered alpine tundra. For those who rank solitude as the primary objective of wilderness sojourns, Hunter - Fryingpan provides abundant opportunities.
Here you'll find many of the unnamed and tortured peaks of the Williams Mountains. A rich forest of 8,300 acres along Spruce Creeek on the northwest side was added to the original Wilderness in 1993.
As its name implies, Hunter - Fryingpan includes the headwaters of the Fryingpan River and Hunter Creek as well as other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River. State wildlife officials have granted both rivers Gold Medal status and have placed catch restrictions in order to promote abundant numbers of large trout. High-mountain streams receive similar praise for their productive fisheries. Aspen forests thrive in the lower valleys, while old stands of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir populate higher valleys, such as along Spruce Creek. These dark, primeval forests provide a haven for elk, mule deer, and possibly wilderness-dependent species such as lynx and pine marten.
Size: 81,866 acres
Elevation: 9,000 to 13,000 feet
Miles of trails: 50
Year designated: 1978, 1993
Hunting areas: 47, 48
For more information contact:
White River National Forest, 900 Grand Ave., PO Box 948, Glenwood Spgs, CO 81602 (970)945-2521 Fax:(970)945-3266 Supervisor's Office
Aspen District, 806 West Halam, Aspen, CO 81611 (970)925-3445 Fax:(970)925-5277 Aspen District
Blanco District, 317 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 (970)878-4039 Fax:(970)878-5173 Blanco District
Dillon District, 680 River Parkway, PO Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498 (970)468-5400 Fax:(970)468-7735 Dillon District
Eagle District, 125 West Fifth St., PO box 720, Eagle, CO 81631 (970)328-6388 Fax:(970)328-6448 Eagle District
Holy Cross District, 24747 US Hwy 24, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645 (970)827-5715 Fax:(970)827-9343 Holy Cross District
Rifle District, 0094 County Rd 244, Rifle, CO 81650 (970)625-2371 Fax:(970)625-2532 Rifle District
Sopris District, 620 Main St., PO Box 309, Carbondale, CO 81623 (970)963-2266 Fax:(970)963-1012 Sopris District
NOTE: coloradowilderness.com gratefully appreciates the eloquent descriptions of our wilderness areas provided by Mark Pearson, author of "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas", Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, CO. The book also contains many beautiful pictures by renowned photographer and Colorado resident John Fielder.
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