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Troublesome WSA (Photo by John Fielder)

The Troublesome WSA is classically characteristic of the rugged, mountainous terrain and forest found throughout central Colorado. The area consists of mountain peaks and ridges cut by drainages, predominantly Rabbit Ears and Troublesome Creek, with numerous steep-side drainages that all flow into Troublesome Creek.

The dense forest offers a prime opportunity for solitude. A rock slide, rock outcrops, and talus slopes contribute to the ruggedness of this WSA.


Total Area:
8,800 acres
Elevation Range: ~8,100 to ~11,100 feet
BLM Field Office: Kremmling
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The Troublesome WSA is located in Grand County, approximately 18 miles north of Kremmling. Be aware that lack of legal public road access to the WSA makes public access difficult into this area.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetative variety is enhanced by riparian habitat along Troublesome and Rabbit Ears creeks. Vegetation consists mainly of dense lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and aspen forest. Fungi lichen ecotone within rock outcrops is present within the streams. Fauna includes trout, beaver, mountain lion, lynx, elk, deer, hawks, and bald and golden eagles.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, nontechnical climbing, fishing, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page . Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.

Click here for additional information about the Troublesome WSA from the Kremmling Field Office.

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