WD wrote: What is your definition of wilderness? Sierra only? California only. Anywhere?
Since this section is Sierra specific it should be wildernesses inside the boundaries of the Sierra, otherwise another post should be posted in the "Beyond the Sierra Nevada" section for those beyond it.
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.
Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member:http://reconn.org
Both were wilderness before the passage of the 1964 act, or more properly "wild areas". Wild Areas were set aside by agency designation, not statutory. Management was basically the same as now. After the passage of the 1964 act the existing Wild Areas became Wilderness.
Wilderness designation is frequently cited as the highest level of protection for land. It is not. Research Natural Areas are more restrictive.
Log off and get outdoors!
All of the places mentioned so far are great, but one that I treasure a bit more than others (and hasn't been mentioned so far) is the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. I often go there and see no one else the whole time.
"Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man." --Jeff Lebowski
I like all the wilderness areas from Golden Trout to Mt Rose. Mt Rose is my favorite because I can cross just one road and walk from my house into it. I do my 'no drive' training hikes in it and it is good for no permit/no hassle one or two night solo trips close to home.
I think it is wonderful that you can start at Horseshoe Meadows cross into Golder Trout, Sequia NP, Kings Canyon NP, John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas, Hover, Carson Iceberg, Desolation, and Granite Chief wilderness areas without hardly ever being out of a wilderness or national park area.
I did my first Emigrant Wilderness trip last summer and plan to go back to spend more time doing navigation on the large slabs of granite.
Yeah, that is one of the wide ramps that you could ride a skate board on if you were crazy. One of the reasons I want to go back is last time the fire was raging about 5-7 miles away down by Cherry Lake. I want to see it again with better vistas.
SEKI and southern part of John Muir....I like Emigrant but it is among the most persistently buggy places in the central Sierra. Carson-Iceberg has beautiful flower gardens and crazy volcanic rock outcrops but oh, the armies of cows.