Ridgecrest Recreation Management Area

Sacatar Trail Wilderness Area

The Sacatar Trail Wilderness Area encompasses the rugged, pristine eastern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Valley, canyons and alluvial fans to steep hills lead to granite peaks and ridgetops reaching over 7,800 feet. Vegetation ranges from creosote bush and Joshua trees on lower elevations to pinyon-juniper woodland on the upper slopes. Several canyons have springs with habitats of cottonwoods, willows and grasses. The Sacatar Trail, an old wagon road and one of the few evidences of man in this area, provides backcountry access into this wilderness. Mule deer, golden eagle, prairie falcon, quail and dove can be seen. Hunting, fishing and hiking are few of the opportunities that await the visitor.

The signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Road Closed" or "Route Closed," are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet on unmaintained dirt roads, and 300 feet on paved roads. Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness area. Hunting, fishing and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws. Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times. Horses are permitted, however, you may be required to carry feed.
Private lands may lie within the wilderness, PLEASE respect the owner. DO NOT use these lands without permission. Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging, or offering to do so is prohibited by law.

Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, it limited to dead and down materials. Live vegetation can not be cut.

Directions

Directions from Ridgecrest, CA: Located in Inyo and Tulare counties approximately 20 miles northwest of Ridgecrest. Access from the east is via US 395 north of Inyokern and along dirt routes into Sacatar Canyon, Portuguese Canyon (four-wheel drive only), Lewis Canyon (SE939), and Tunawee Canyon.

Directions from Ridgecrest, CA: Located in Inyo and Tulare counties approximately 20 miles northwest of Ridgecrest. Access from the south is via US 395 north of Inyokern along Ninemile Canyon Road.