The United States Congress designated the Chimney Peak Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 13,140 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Chimney Peak Wilderness encompasses rocky mountainous terrain dominated by the pinyon pine forest and sagebrush of the Southeastern Sierra. The area is bounded by the primitive Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway, but is otherwise surrounded by Owens Peak Wilderness to the East and Domelands Wilderness to the West.
About 8 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail pass through a portion of this wilderness. Chimney Peak rises in the northeast corner of the wilderness to 7,994 feet; Chimney Creek briskly flows across the eastern boundary, providing a habitat for trout. You'll see little evidence of human visitation here except for a few traces of abandoned mining roads. Black bears, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife can all be seen in the area in abundance.