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Stephen Mather Wilderness

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Area Management

The Stephen Mather Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Stephen Mather Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Visitation is managed primarily through a permit system which regulates overnight camping. No permit is required for day hiking. There is no fee, however, for either day or overnight use. Permits are required, specific for the intended camp or cross-country zone, for each night spent in the wilderness. These are available first-come, first-served at area ranger stations, and primarily the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount, WA.




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