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Sheep Mountain Wilderness

General Contacts Area Management Wilderness Laws
Photograph taken in  the Sheep Mountain Wilderness

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Sheep Mountain Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 42,160 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Forest Service. The Sheep Mountain Wilderness is bordered by the San Gabriel Wilderness to the east.

Description

In 1984, the 44,000 acre Sheep Mountain Wilderness was set aside as one of the Nation's truly unique wild areas. With elevations ranging from 2,400 ft. to over 10,000 ft., this area offers something for everyone. Whether you're a novice hiker, an experienced backpacker, a fisherman or just interested in the "great outdoors", this rugged terrain provides a variety of opportunities for all.

A Wilderness Permit is required for entry into the Sheep Mountain Wilderness from the East Fork Trailhead only. Trails that go through this wilderness: - Vincent Gulch/Mine Gulch - East Fork Trail to The Narrows - East Fork Trail to Iron Fork/Fish Fork - Alison Mine - Fish Forks - Dawson Peak - Mt. Baldy - Heaton Flats to Iron Mountain - Big Horn Mine

This area has traditionally received heavy water-related recreational use. The Permit system allows the Forest Service to make decisions to assure better protection of the wilderness resources in this area. When entering from the East Fork Trailhead please observe the following Permit rules: Keep party size small (under 25people) to minimize impacts. Obtain a Wilderness Permit at a station or by mail. Permits requested by mail must be received two weeks prior to the date of entry. Self-service Wilderness Permit issuance is available at the East Fork Trailhead.

Any activities associated with mining which include prospecting, are prohibited in and around the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. See Wilderness regulations for more details.

Planning to Visit the Sheep Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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