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Mokelumne Wilderness

The Mokelumne River Canyon is a great reason to visit this ruggedly scenic region in the central sierra crest. From 3,900 feet at the lowest point to over 10,000 at the summit of Round Top this volcanic region is known for widely diverse plant species due to the drastic change in elevation. The wilderness area covers 105,165 acres within a number of national forest. Check out one of the many hikes to the various peaks or take a dip in one of the pristine alpine lakes like Raymond or Winnemucca.

Stats:

  • 105,165 Acres
  • Highest point 10,382 at Round Top Mountain
  • Est. 1964

How to Get Here:

The Mokelumne Wilderness is accessible from Highway 99 by either Highway 88 or Highway 4. The preponderance of entry into the wilderness is via a route stemming off of Highway 88. Highway 89 also connects the Carson Pass area with Lake Tahoe and Interstate 80. Blue Lakes Road, which heads south off of Highway 88 a few miles east of Carson Pass connects to several popular trailheads, including Grouse Lake and Wet Meadows.

What to Do:

Backpacking, Camping and Hiking

Permits:

Permits required only for overnight camping and backpacking.

Depending on the trailhead you decide on will determine the county to contact for a permit. Check out http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/mokelumne for a detailed list of contacts for use permits.

Timing:

As with all areas in the sierra wilderness, summer months offer the most ideal weather conditions due to the heavy snow fall in the winter and snow pack left in the spring.

Local Tip:

As Mokelumne wilderness is increasingly traveled more and more each year please respect the land and make sure your mark is a small one during backcountry travel.

Resources:

http://www.summitpost.org/mokelumne-wilderness/280630#chapter_9

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/mokelumne.

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