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.
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 to minimize impacts. Obtain a Wilderness Permit in person 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.