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Hoover Wilderness

If you’re feeling extreme and looking to explore the high alpine landscape of the Sierras than Hoover Wilderness is the perfect getaway.  Located on the Sierra Crest this wilderness area is known for its steep and rocky terrain above tree line. Hoover wilderness is one of the oldest protected areas in the Sierras due to its close proximity to Yosemite and high alpine landscape.

Stats:

  • 124,468 acres
  • Managed by the Hombolt – Toyiobe forest service
  • Highest point 12,446 feet
  • Located in Mono County

How to Get Here:

The Hoover Wilderness is easily accessible from its southern end (along Highway 120 near Yosemite’s Tioga Pass entrance station), as well as from various points along its eastern edge near Highway 395.

What to Do:

Backpacking, Hiking and Camping

Permits:

Permits are required for overnight camping. Plan ahead and fill out this reservation application – http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5253870.pdf

Timing:

As the Hoover wilderness is located at elevations of at least 8,000 feet  snowpack can persist well into the summer months. Check out trail and weather conditions ahead of time to properly plan for the trip.

Local Tip:

The northern portion of Hoover wilderness is the least crowded of you are looking for more solitude.

Resources:

http://www.virtualparks.org/parks/hoover-qtvr-map.html – maps!

http://www.virginialakes.com/map_page.htm – more maps!

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/hoover

http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Hoover.

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