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John Krebs Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the John Krebs Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 39,740 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the National Park Service. The John Krebs Wilderness is bordered by the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness to the north and the Golden Trout Wilderness to the southeast.


The John Krebs Wilderness is named after John Hans Krebs, a former congressman (1975-1978) who fought to protect the lush hills, forests and steep granite peaks that make up the Mineral King Valley. It consists of a sweeping landscape of mountains, canyons, meadows, lakes, rushing rivers and giant Sequoia trees.

The area's extraordinary topographic relief—from 3,400 feet above sea level in the foothills to 12,400 feet along the Great Western Divide—supports incredible vegetative diversity. Drought-resistant chaparral and blue oak woodlands blanket its low-elevation western slopes, while stark mountain summits and alpine lakes define its eastern boundary.

A number of animals live in this area year-round; some breed here, while others winter here. Local species include the gray fox, bobcat, striped and spotted skunks, black bear, woodrat, pocket gopher, white-footed mouse, California quail, scrub jay, lesser goldfinch, wrentit, acorn woodpecker, gopher snake, California kingsnake, striped racer, western whiptail lizard, and the California newt.

The John Krebs Wilderness also preserves the Old Hockett Trail, one of the first trans-Sierra routes in California.

Planning to Visit the John Krebs 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 John Krebs 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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