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Kaiser Wilderness

The Kaiser Wilderness was established in 1976 and is located immediately north of the busy and bustling beaches of Huntington Lake. The wilderness was named after Kaiser Ridge, which divides the area into two distinctly different regions


  • Highest point at 9,370 feet
  • 22,700 acres of protected land
  • Located within Sierra National Forest
  • Fresno County

How to Get Here:

Most visitors to the Kaiser Wilderness access the area from Huntington Lake, on Hwy 168 out of Fresno.

What to Do:

Day hikes and overnight camping


A wilderness permit is required for all overnight stays in the Kaiser Wilderness, and a quota system is in effect year round. Why? 60% of the permit spaces are available for reservation ahead of time, while 40% are kept for first-come-first-served visitors 24 hours prior to their intended trip. There is a $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee for each person for all trailheads. Reservations can be made six months prior to your trip.

To reserve obtain a Wilderness Permit contact:
High Sierra Ranger District
P.O. Box 559
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5360


May 1 – Nov 1

Local Tip:

Hike Kaiser Peak! The website below gives a detailed description of the trek.