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Sacatar Trail Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Sacatar Trail Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 50,451 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


The Sacatar Trail, an old wagon road and one of the few reminders that humans ever traveled regularly through this area, provides relatively easy access into this rugged and pristine Wilderness on the eastern slope of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Valleys, canyons, and alluvial fans rise into steep hills that eventually peak along ridge tops and granite summits with elevations of more than 7,800 feet. Creosote bush, Joshua trees, and desert shrubs in the lower elevations change to scattered piƱon and juniper woodlands dotted with cactuses higher up. In several of the canyons, you'll find springs that feed riparian habitats of cottonwoods, willows, and grasses. Mule deer flourish, along with golden eagles, prairie falcons, and other raptors, as well as game birds such as quail and dove. The Pacific Crest Trail passes not far to the west outside the boundary.

Planning to Visit the Sacatar Trail 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 Sacatar Trail 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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