Wilderness Areas

There are 26 Federally protected wilderness areas in the Sierra Nevada, covering over 3 million acres. The entire spine of the Sierra - from the South Fork of the Kern river to nearly Lake Tahoe - is in Federal wilderness, a distance of almost 250 miles.

The largest areas of wilderness are within Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, though the total area of National Forest wilderness is even greater.

See also:

Name Location Acreage
Lassen Volcanic NP Lassen Volcanic NP
78,982
Caribou Lassen NF
20,546
Ishi Lassen NF
42,866
Bucks Lake Plumas NF
24.023
Granite Chief Tahoe NF
25,748
Desolation Eldorado NF
63,475
Mokelumne Eldorado NF, Stanislaus NF, Toiyabe NF
100,848
Carson-Iceberg Stanislaus NF, Toiyabe NF
161,501
Emigrant Stanislaus NF
112,338
Yosemite Yosemite National Park
681,150
Hoover Toiyabe NF, Inyo NF
48,622
Ansel Adams Inyo NF, Sierra NF
230,260
Kaiser Sierra NF
22,700
John Muir Sierra NF, Inyo NF
581,153
Dinkey Lakes Sierra NF
30,000
Monarch Sequoia NF, Giant Sequoia NM
44,896
Jennie Lakes Sequoia NF
10,289
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP
736,980
Golden Trout Sequoia NF, Inyo NF
305,464
South Sierra Inyo NF
60,324
Sacatar Trail BLM
51,900
Domeland Sequoia NF, BLM
130,995
Chimney Peak BLM
13,700
Owens Peak BLM
74,060
Kiavah BLM, Sequoia NF
88,298
Bright Star BLM
9,520
TOTAL
3,726,639
Administered by:
National Park Service: 1,497,092 acres
US Forest Service: 1,955,777 acres
Bureau of Land Management: 273,770 acres

Sources:
GORP California Wilderness Areas
California's Wilderness Areas, Volume 1-2, Wuerther, 1997-98
Wilderness.net