Ridgecrest Recreation Management Area

Chimney Peak Wilderness Area

The Chimney Peak Wilderness boundaries encompass the eastern slope of the southern Sierra Nevada. There are valleys, canyons, alluvial fans and steep hills leading to rugged, granite mountains. The vegetation consists of Joshua trees, creosote bush and desert shrubs which can be found in the valleys. At higher elevations cottonwood trees, cacti and pinyon pine exist. The Sacatar Trail, an old wagon road, now trails faintly across the wilderness.

Hiking, walking and hunting are a few recreational activities the visitors can enjoy.

There are "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" signs 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.

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.

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. Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the owner and do not use these lands without permission.

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, is limited to dead and down materials. Live vegetation can not be cut.


Directions from Ridgecrest, CA: Chimney Peak Wilderness is in Tulare County approximately 20 miles northwest of Ridgecrest. Access is via Canebrake Road off SR 178 or Nine Mile Canyon Road off US 395.