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Chimney Peak Wilderness

General Contacts Area Management Wilderness Laws

Introduction

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.

Description

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.

Planning to Visit the Chimney Peak 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 Chimney Peak 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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