The Great Gulf Wilderness - White Mountain National Forest

The 5,552-acre Great Gulf Wilderness is a unique mountain valley bounded by the Presidential Mountain Range. It was designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act of 1964. No roads or timber harvest are allowed in Wilderness Areas. Motorized vehicles, bicycles and chainsaws are also prohibited.

Because of the intensive use the Great Gulf receives, the Forest Service enforces the following prohibitions to protect the wilderness and maintain solitude. In the Great Gulf Wilderness, it is prohibited to:

  • Camp above timberline (where trees are less than eight feet tall), except where snow is two feet or more deep or within 200 feet of any trail, except at designated sites.
  • Build fires anywhere within the wilderness boundary; please use stoves for cooking.
  • Camp beyond the junction of the Sphinx and Great Gulf Trails in the direction of Spaulding Lake.
  • Have a group size of more than ten people.

For further information contact: White Mountain National Forest


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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