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South Sierra Wilderness

Fragile meadowlands, diversity of flora and fauna between forested ridges, rolling hills, and craggy, steep peaks describe this Wilderness. A relatively gentle terrain area of 24,650 acres on the Sequoia National Forest portion is ideally suited to family oriented recreation. The more adventurous can frequent the 38,350 acres along the Sierra Crest on the Inyo Forest which completes the new 63.000 acre South Sierra Wilderness. Exposed rock is mostly granitic with some volcanic features.

Stats:                 

  • 60,084 acres
  • Olancha peak is the highest point at 12,123 feet
  • Inyo and Sequoia Nat’l Forest

How to Get Here:

Eastside access is via Nine Mile Canyon Road (J41) from US Highway 395 to Kennedy Meadows Road. From the west, access is from Tulare County Road M99 via Forest Road 22S05 over Sherman Pass. At Blackrock Information Center, forest roads will take you to trails at Albanita. Broder, and Lost Meadows. The Monache Meadow area also has trails into South Sierra from the north.

What to Do:

Hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking.

Permits:

A visitor permit is not required for entering the Wilderness, but a campfire permit is required for gas lanterns, stoves and campfires.

Timing:

May 1 – Nov 1. Unless seeking winter recreation.

Local Tip:

Go whitewater rafting! The Kern River is known to be one of the most scenic stretches of river in the country. http://www.kernrafting.com/

Resources:

http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&WID=569

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

http://www.hikespeak.com/sierras/.

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