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East Central Region

Galena Pass

Nearest Town: Stanley
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Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Ketchum, ID 75 N for 30 mi; TITUS LAKE: just before Galena Pass (mp 157.9) on R (NE) side of rd is Titus Lake Trailhead Parking (trail is across highway); hike the 4 mi round trip to lake. FOREST: just N of pass on R (N) side of the Hwy is a dirt rd heading N; explore alpine/timberline habitat. GALENA OVERLOOK: continue N on ID 75 to mp 158.9; HEADWATERS: continue N on ID 75; descend Galena Pass; at mp 162.2 turn L (S) onto FR 215; go S for 3 mi up headwaters of the Salmon River.

Description: Central Idaho in general, and Galena Summit in particular, support scattered stands of whitebark pine, which host a unique assortment of bird species, including Clark’s Nutcracker. In the alpine habitats of Titus Lake Trail and Galena Pass search for Golden Eagle, Calliope Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Black Rosy-Finches. In mixed-conifer stands, look for Blue and Spruce Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Williamson’s Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Hammond’s Flycatchers, Gray Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend’s Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin’s Finch, White-winged Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak. Typical summer birds at the Salmon River headwaters include Spotted Sandpiper, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, American Dipper, MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, and Yellow Warblers, Western Tanager, and Brewer’s, Vesper, Savannah, and Lincoln’s Sparrows.

More Information:
USFS (208) 774-3000
Stanley Chamber of Commerce 1-800-878-7950

Galen Pass
Photo Copyright Ravinder Singh
Galena Summit
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Cassin's Finch
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Savannah Sparrow
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

alpine Graph illustrating 40% 40%
high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 30% 30%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Upland Birds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Waterbirds N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N
Waterfowl N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Target Species for this Site

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    Chickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper


    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species

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