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Kiavah Wilderness

The Kiavah Wilderness covers 88,290 acres in the Scodie Mountains, on lands managed by both the Sequoia National Forest and Bureau of Land Management. This wilderness includes eroded hills, canyons, and bajadas in the transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada. The Pacific Crest trail runs the length of the Kiavah Wilderness.

Stats:

  • 88,290 acres
  • Highest point: 7,096 at Cathie’s peak

How to Get Here:

From Isabella Lake, drive about 30 miles east on Highway 178 to find trailheads near the parking areas for Walker Pass Lodge, which is on the northeastern boundary of the wilderness. Or continue another 3.5 miles to Walker Pass where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 178. The Pacific Crest Trail enters the wilderness and intersects with trails in Kiava.

What to Do:

Hiking, backpacking and camping.

Permits:

No permit is required for camping in the Kiavah Wilderness – go for it! Camping is limited to 14 days, after which visitors must relocate at least 25 miles from their previous site.

Timing:

Year round

Local Tip:

Private lands lie within the wilderness area. Respect the boundaries.

Resources:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/recreation/wilderness.html

http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&WID=294

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/kiavah

http://www.sherpaguides.com/california/mountains/southern_sierra/sequoia_nat_forest.html.

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