The Pleasant View Ridge 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 Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
General Wilderness Prohibitions
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.
In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office
for more specific information.
These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.
Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.
The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office
for more specific information about the regulations listed.
COMPETITIVE EVENTS PROHIBITED
ENTERING OR BEING ON ANY WILDERNESS OR PRIMITIVE AREA FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING OR PARTICIPATING IN CONTESTS, SUCH AS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ENDURANCE OF A MAN OR ANIMAL; COMPETITIVE RUNNING; CANOE OR BOAT RACES; OR COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES OF THIS NATURE IS PROHIBITED.
DOGS RESTRICTED - LEASHED/UNDER CONTROL
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE : 25 MEMBERS
USING A TRAIL, CAMPSITE, OR OTHER AREA IN ANY NATIONAL FOREST WILDERNESS IN THE PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION BY A GROUP OF MORE THAN 25 PERSONS WITHOUT A VALID VISITOR'S PERMIT AUTHORIZING SUCH USE IS PROHIBITED.
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY : 21 DAYS
CAMPING ON A RANGER DISTRICT IN EXCESS OF 21 DAYS TOTAL IN DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS, UNDEVELOPED CAMP SITES, OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF DURING ANY CALENDAR YEAR IS PROHIBITED.
WAGON, WHEELBARROW, STROLLER, BICYCLE, GAME CART OR OTHER VEHICLE PROHIBITED (WHEELCHAIRS ALLOWED)
POSSESSING OR USING A WAGON, CART, BICYCLE OR OTHER VEHICLE EXCEPT BY SPECIAL-USE AUTHORIZATION IS PROHIBITED.
Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness