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Chanchelulla Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Chanchelulla Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 8,062 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Forest Service.


Chanchelulla Peak stands at 6,399 feet, the highest point in Chanchelulla Wilderness, a steeply rugged area with slopes angling as much as 70 degrees. The southern slopes are primarily covered in dense, ankle-twisting chaparral, and the northern slopes are draped in fragrant conifers such as pine, fir, and cedar. Deer find this habitat appealing, and visitors occasionally spot black bears, fishers (a dark-furred member of the marten family), and mountain lions. Birds of prey, owls (including northern spotted owls), and numerous songbirds are residents. It's hot and dry most of the year, devoid of lakes or any accessible streams. You won't find any maintained pathways either, but you might be able to follow a few animal tracks and partially cleared trails leading from Deer Lick Springs in the east and Midas Saddle in the south. Human use is very light, and usually confined to deer hunters. If you're hankering to be alone in a Wilderness area, Chanchelulla should rank high on your list (but don't forget your blaze orange in deer hunting season).

Planning to Visit the Chanchelulla 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 Chanchelulla 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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