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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)
Dimensions
Length 25 mi (40 km) N/S
Width 32 mi (51 km) E/W
Area 461 sq mi (1,190 km2)
Geography
Country United States
Parent range Rocky 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 partially within the Cecil D. Andrus–White Clouds Wilderness.

The White Cloud Mountains are located on National Forest land, with numerous trails in the area. Camping is permitted anywhere on the national forest land and there are no fees to access the area. 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). 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

Castle and Merriam Peaks
Castle and Merriam Peaks
Peaks of the White Cloud Mountains
Mountain Peak Elevation Prominence Isolation Location Easiest Route
Castle Peak &1000000000000360100000011,814 ft
3601 m
&100000000000012240000004,016 ft
1224 m
&1000000000004389000000027.3 mi
43.9 km
44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266 (Castle Peak) Class 3
Calkins Peak &1000000000000350100000011,486 ft
3501 m
&100000000000003800000001,247 ft
380 m
&100000000000093300000005.80 mi
9.33 km
44°07′11″N 114°37′12″W / 44.119646°N 114.620093°W / 44.119646; -114.620093 (Calkins Peak) Class 3
D. O. Lee Peak &1000000000000345700000011,342 ft
3457 m
&10000000000000165000000541 ft
165 m
&100000000000020100000001.25 mi
2.01 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 &1000000000000344500000011,302 ft
3445 m
&10000000000000244000000801 ft
244 m
&100000000000017800000001.11 mi
1.78 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 &1000000000000343800000011,280 ft
3438 m
&10000000000000205000000673 ft
205 m
&100000000000020000000001.24 mi
2.00 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 &1000000000000343300000011,263 ft
3433 m
&10000000000000141000000463 ft
141 m
&100000000000009800000000.61 mi
0.98 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 &1000000000000342500000011,237 ft
3425 m
&10000000000000060000000197 ft
60 m
&100000000000008600000000.53 mi
0.86 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 &1000000000000338400000011,102 ft
3384 m
&10000000000000104000000341 ft
104 m
&100000000000008500000000.53 mi
0.85 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 &1000000000000332800000010,919 ft
3328 m
&10000000000000158000000518 ft
158 m
&100000000000009100000000.57 mi
0.91 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 &1000000000000331400000010,873 ft
3314 m
&10000000000000076810000252 ft
77 m
&100000000000027400000001.70 mi
2.74 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 &1000000000000328500000010,778 ft
3285 m
&10000000000000206349999677 ft
206 m
&100000000000023800000001.48 mi
2.38 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 &1000000000000326500000010,712 ft
3265 m
&100000000000003453399991,133 ft
345 m
&100000000000040900000002.54 mi
4.09 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 &1000000000000323000000010,597 ft
3230 m
&10000000000000297790000977 ft
298 m
&100000000000014600000000.91 mi
1.46 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 &1000000000000322700000010,587 ft
3227 m
&10000000000000246280000808 ft
246 m
&100000000000023200000001.44 mi
2.32 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 &1000000000000321800000010,558 ft
3218 m
&10000000000000139289999457 ft
139 m
&100000000000015100000000.94 mi
1.51 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 &1000000000000320600000010,518 ft
3206 m
&10000000000000261819999859 ft
262 m
&100000000000038100000002.37 mi
3.81 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 &1000000000000320400000010,512 ft
3204 m
&10000000000000101799999334 ft
102 m
&100000000000018200000001.13 mi
1.82 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 &1000000000000318500000010,449 ft
3185 m
&10000000000000107590000353 ft
108 m
&100000000000010900000000.68 mi
1.09 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 &1000000000000318500000010,449 ft
3185 m
&10000000000000246889999810 ft
247 m
&100000000000016300000001.01 mi
1.63 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 &1000000000000316600000010,387 ft
3166 m
&10000000000000057299999188 ft
57 m
&100000000000007600000000.47 mi
0.76 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 &1000000000000315600000010,354 ft
3156 m
&10000000000000138069999453 ft
138 m
&100000000000014200000000.88 mi
1.42 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 &1000000000000314200000010,308 ft
3142 m
&10000000000000121920000400 ft
122 m
&100000000000039600000002.46 mi
3.96 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 &1000000000000313100000010,272 ft
3131 m
&10000000000000149659999491 ft
150 m
&100000000000013000000000.81 mi
1.30 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 &1000000000000312600000010,256 ft
3126 m
&10000000000000096319999316 ft
96 m
&100000000000006000000000.37 mi
0.60 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 &1000000000000306000000010,039 ft
3060 m
&10000000000000177090000581 ft
177 m
&100000000000011700000000.73 mi
1.17 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 &100000000000030340000009,954 ft
3034 m
&100000000000005651000001,854 ft
565 m
&100000000000133600000008.30 mi
13.36 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 &100000000000030340000009,954 ft
3034 m
&10000000000000221889999728 ft
222 m
&100000000000023500000001.46 mi
2.35 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 &100000000000030160000009,895 ft
3016 m
&10000000000000084120000276 ft
84 m
&100000000000013400000000.83 mi
1.34 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 &100000000000030130000009,885 ft
3013 m
&10000000000000130449999428 ft
130 m
&100000000000018500000001.15 mi
1.85 km
43°59′52″N 114°38′16″W / 43.997688°N 114.637843°W / 43.997688; -114.637843 (Bible Back Mountain) unknown

Lakes

See List of lakes of the White Cloud Mountains

Mine proposal

In 1970, it was proposed that the White Cloud Mountains be the site of an open-pit mine. The proposal became a major issue in Idaho's 1970 gubernatorial election. Incumbent Republican governor Don Samuelson favored the mine, as it would generate an estimated $4 million in revenue to the state. However, his Democratic opponent, Cecil Andrus, opposed the mine on conservation grounds. His stance was backed by many of the state's urban residents, who enjoyed vacationing at the mountains. Andrus won the election by more than four points, and it has been suggested that Andrus's stance on the mine was a contributing factor to his victory, and in particular to his victories in the normally Republican-leaning urban parts of the state.

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