The United States Congress designated the Beauty Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 2009 and it now has a total of 15,628 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Beauty Mountain Wilderness is comprised of a series of steep, rugged mountainsides dominated by the 5,548 foot Beauty Mountain. This mountain rises above the more gentle relief of the plateau that forms the western half of the wilderness. Deep canyons have formed from drainage off the erosion-resistant ridges. Beauty Mountain’s Million Dollar Spring is considered to be one of the most pristine watersheds in all of southwestern California.
This wilderness includes the largest blocks of undeveloped land in an area exploding with growth and is both a wildlife corridor and habitat for several endangered species—the California gnatchater and the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
The wilderness boundaries on the north, east and west are irregular, delineated by surrounding private land. The eastern boundary follows the alignment of the California Riding and Hiking Trail, which in this area serves as the temporary route of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.