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Kaiser Wilderness

National Forest
An island separated from the wilderness areas along the spine of the Sierra, this easily accessible wilderness embodies the pristine western slope of the Sierra Nevada. –

Located immediately north of Huntington Lake, the Kaiser Wilderness covers 22,700 acres. Kaiser Ridge divides the wilderness into two distinct regions and provides a commanding view of much of the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

The southern half of Kaiser Wilderness rises gradually from the north shore of Huntington Lake while the northern half, although much more open, is much steeper.

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.

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

Trailheads along the southern boundary provide access to Coarsegrass Meadow, Nellie Lake, Hidden Lake and Gloria Meadow. The Potter Pass Trail and Potter Creek Trail provide access to the lakes in the northeast area of the wilderness.

The Upper and Lower Twin lakes and George Lake can be accessed from the trailhead at Sample Meadow Campground on the southern boundary. All other lakes are approached cross-country.


Seasons Accessible

The Wilderness is generally accessible from early 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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