Chimney Peak Wilderness
The Chimney Peak Wilderness was protected by the 1994 California Desert Protection Act. This wilderness is covered primarily by pinyon pines in rocky mountainous terrain. Some areas of riparian vegetation and sage brush are also present. Its 13,700 acres encompass the 7,994 foot Chimney Peak. The Chimney Peak is home to a wide variety of bird life along with small and large animals
- 13,700 acres
- Chimney peak is the highest point at 7,994 feet
- Managed by the BLM
How to Get Here:
From US 395 north of Ridgecrest, go east on CA 178, then north on Canebrake Road, or go east on Nine Mile Canyon Road to the dirt roads that circumnavigate the wilderness.
What to Do:
Hunting, camping and hiking.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/Recreation_opportunities/chimneypeakbyway.html – campgrounds
Permits are not required for day use or overnight trips. Overnight camping is permitted though limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from their previous site.
During the winter months snow is common at higher elevations.