Size: 13,140 acres.
Location: Tulare County; 20 miles northwest of Ridgecrest, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet)
Area Description : The Chimney Peak Wilderness encompasses rocky mountainous terrain dominated by pinyon pine with areas of sagebrush. There are also some springs and streams with their associated riparian habitat species. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through a portion of this wilderness on its way to the Domelands.
Getting There : Access this wilderness from the Canebrake Road off State Highway 178 or Nine Mile Canyon Road off U.S. Highway 395.
Nonfederal Lands: Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the owner and do not use these lands without permission.
Additional Information :
Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet from unmaintained dirt roads and 300 feet on paved roads.
Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness.
Hunting, fishing, and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws.
Pet are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times.
Horses are permitted, however you may be required to carry feed.
Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaelogical materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.
CAMPING: Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site.
Help BLM preserve California's fragile deserts. Please park your vehicle or set up camp in previously disturbed sites.
Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Do not cut live vegetation.
The BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but through the west, to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.
Maps: Desert Access Guide:
USGS 7.5 Quadrangel Maps:
- Isabella Lake
- Lamont Peak
- Sacatar Canyon
- White Dome
Bakersfield Field Office
Go to BLM Wilderness List