The Bill Hare Gulch WSA is comprised of relatively steep terrain with limited access - a rocky hiking trail leading into Independence Gulch is the only option. This WSA includes the lower end of three gulches, whose upper portions originate on US Forest Service land: the Big Blue Wilderness. The unusual shape and size of this WSA is due to congressional consideration of adjacent lands as proposed wilderness at the time of the original BLM wilderness inventory.
Total Area: 66 acres
Elevation Range: ~8,600 to ~9,400 feet
BLM Field Office: Gunnison
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Bill Hare Gulch WSA is located in Hinsdale County, approximately four miles north of Lake City. The Powderhorn Wilderness is directly east and the Big Blue Wilderness (USFS) is also nearby.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of aspen, spruce-fir, sagebrush, grasses, shrubs, and forbs. Fauna includes elk, mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, and bighorn sheep.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in wilderness study areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
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