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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

National Forest
Rolling forest, alpine granite, and pristine lakes make this neighbor to the John Muir Wilderness a true Sierra gem. –

The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness lies on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada southeast of Huntington Lake and northwest of Courtright Reservoir. It is located just west of the new portion of the John Muir Wilderness and is separated from the John Muir by the Dusy/Ershim Off-Hiway Vehicle Route.

Most of the wilderness consists of rolling, timbered terrain with elevations above 8,000 feet. At 10,619-feet, Three Sisters Peak is the highest point. There are sixteen lakes clustered in the west central region of the wilderness. Large meadows can be found in the north central region and along Helms Creek. Cattle grazing is a historical and continuing use of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness.

Access into Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is via Kaiser Pass Road (north), Red/Coyote Jee Road (west), Rock Creek Road (southwest), or Courtright Reservoir (southeast).

Pet Friendly Notes

Domestic pets are allowed in wilderness areas. You are responsible for their actions as well as their welfare. Pets should either be leashed or under direct voice control. When camping in areas with other visitors, pets should be kept on a leash. Wilderness visitor’s who plan to travel into an adjacent National Park should be aware that National Parks do not permit pets.

Recreational Opportunities

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is well suited for stock travel, but natural feed is only available in the meadows north of First Dinky Lake and in the vicinity of Nelson Lake. Stock parties must camp at least 500 feet from any lakeshore to protect water quality.

Group size is limited to 15 people and 25 head of stock for overnight trips. Backcountry and wilderness users are required to store food or refuse in a manner designed to keep bears from accessing it.


Seasons Accessible

The Wilderness is generally accessible from mid-June to late October. A wilderness visitor permit is required for all overnight trips into the wilderness. (The campfire permit is included with the wilderness visitor permit.) Trailhead quotas are in place year-round. For all trails, 60 percent of the trailhead quota is available through advanced reservations and 40 percent is available 24 hours prior to entry for walk-in customers, first come-first served.


There is $5 non-refundable reservation fee for all trails. There is a $10 charge for any changes to a confirmed reservation. First come, first serve permits are free of charge.

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