TROUBLESOME WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
Troublesome WSA contains approximately 8,158 acres of public land. A private inholding of 625 acres is located in the interior of the unit. The surrounding lands are National Forest to the north and east and predominantly private to the south and west. The Troublesome WSA represents a rugged, mountainous terrain varying in elevation from 8,000 to 10,800 feet. Most of the WSA is forested with spruce, fir, aspen and dead and dying lodgpole pines with riparian habitat along many streams. The WSA provides outstanding opportunities for solitude due to the following factors: sufficient size, topographic cariation, and forest and riparian vegetation. Also, the WSA provides outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation due to a variety of game and nongame wildlife; opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, cross-county skiing and snow shoeing; availability of stream and riparian habitat for fishing and wildlife viewing; a variety of geologic features for viewing and non-technical climbing; and opportunities for scenic veiwing from higher elevations.
Access into the Troublesome WSA
Access into the Troublesome WSA from public land is by hiking or horseback only. Please contact the BLM Kremmling Field Office at (970) 724-3000 for current maps.
The most direct route from Kremmling:
Go northwest on US Highway 40 toward Steamboat Springs for approximately 15 miles. Turn right on County Road 27, Chimney Rock Road. Go approximately 6 miles to Forest Service Road #103.2A on the right. This road is not maintained for passenger cars and can become impassable with precipitation. This road dead ends at about 3 miles. From here, access is by foot or horse only. Please use a current BLM or Forest Service map for directions to get into the Troublesome WSA from this point. There is private property in this area, so make sure you know where you are and stay off of private property unless you ask permission from the owner.
Access point #2 through public lands:
See directions above. Stay on CR 27, Chimney Rock Road (FS Road #103) and continue for about 3 miles beyond the 103.2A intersection. Turn right onto FS Road #700/104. This road is not maintained for passenger cars and can become impassable with precipitation. Continue on FS Road #104 at the next 'Y' in the road and go about 8 miles on #104 until it dead ends. From here, access is by foot or horse only. Please use a current BLM or Forest Service map for directons to get into the Troublesome WSA from this point. There is private property in this area, so make sure you know where you are and stay off the private property unless you ask permission from the owner.
There are access points from private property, but you must ask permission from the property owners to cross into public lands. Please respect private property.