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Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 5,575 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Forest Service.


The Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness offers spectacular views of the historic Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, soaring peaks, and the vast desert landscape. Its chaparral covered slopes and forested mountaintop are home to mountain lion, mountain and California quail, and the rare red diamond rattlesnake.

Planning to Visit the Cahuilla Mountain 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 Cahuilla Mountain 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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