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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness was protected by Congress in 1984 with the passage of the California Wilderness Act. It lies immediately west of the John Muir Wilderness and consists of timbered rolling terrain. Sixteen sizable lakes and dozens of smaller ones are this wildernesses highlights. Most of the wilderness is above 8,000 feet and the highest point, Three Sisters Peak, is 10, 619 feet above sea level. Large meadows can be found in the north central part of the wilderness and along Helms Creek.

Stats:

  • Highest point: Three Sisters Peak at 10,619
  • Sierra National Forest
  • 30,000 acres

 How to Get Here:

From the north, most visitors access the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness via Kaiser Pass Road, which leads east from Huntington Lake over Kaiser Pass. To the South, with wilderness boarders Courtright Reservoir, and multiple jeep roads lead toward the wilderness from the wes

What to Do:

Hiking, backpacking, swimming, fishing and camping.

Permits:

A permit is required for all overnight stays, and quotas are in place year round. 60% of the trailhead permits are available through advanced reservation, while 40% is kept for first-come-first-served visitors 24 hours prior to their trip.Reservations can be made six months prior to your trip and there is a $5.00 reservation fee for each person and for all trails.

Timing:

May 1 – Nov 1

Local Tip:

Bring mosquito repellent! Especially in August.

Resources:

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/dinkey-lakes

http://www.thebackcountry.org/trail/dinkey-lakes-00.html

http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/advise-for-early-june-dinkey-lakes-wilderness-t58341.html – trail conditions

http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/advise-for-early-june-dinkey-lakes-wilderness-t58341.html.

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