- Kaiser Wilderness
Infobox_protected_area | name = Kaiser Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib
caption = Map of the
nearest_city = Fresno, California US
lat_degrees = 37
lat_minutes = 25
lat_seconds = 00
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 119
long_minutes = 10
long_seconds = 00
long_direction = W
area = 22,700 acres
established = October 19,1976
US Department of Agriculture/ US Forest ServiceThe Kaiser Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness protected arealocated 70 miles northeast of Fresno in the state of California, USA. It was added to the National Wilderness Preservation Systemby the United States Congress on October 19, 1976. [ [http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/documents/publiclaws/PDF/94-557.pdf p.3 A scan of the Federal Register/Public Law 94-557] .] The wilderness is 22,700 acres in size, is one of five wilderness areas within the Sierra National Forestand is managed by the US Forest Service.
The Kaiser Wilderness stretches along an east-west ridge and is separated from the High Sierra by the South Fork
San Joaquin Rivercanyon. It is a miniature version of the Sierra, with elevations from 7,200 feet to 10,320 feet at Kaiser Peak, and is composed of glacier-scoured granite blocks, cirques, lakes, granitic cliffs and alpine peaks. Although a small wilderness, it is part of the almost contigous federal wilderness areas along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range with the John Muir Wildernesson the east, and Ansel Adams Wildernessto the northeast. Immediately south is Huntington Lake, a well developed resort area.
The forest consists of
white fir, Jeffrey pine, red fir, western white pine, and mountain hemlock. On Kaiser Ridge there are stands of lodgepole pine, and at timberline whitebark pineand Sierra juniper grow in mats of krummholtz. Willows and alders grow along the perennial streams that form the drainage area of the Sorth Fork of the San Joaquin River.
Some of the popular lakes in the Kaiser Wilderness are Nellie Lake, George Lake, and Upper Twin Lake, with Upper Twin Lake having a cave where the outlet stream disappears into and then flows underground for several hundred yards before resurfacing.
Recreational activities include day hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, rock scrambling, nature photography and snowshoeing. A wilderness permit is required for overnight trips into the Kaiser Wilderness. The Forest Service encourages the practice of
Leave No Traceprinciples of outdoor travel to minimize human impact on the environment.
Adkinson, Ron "Wild Northern California". The Globe Pequot Press, 2001
[http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/publications/pdfs/rogs/kaiserwilderness.pdf Informational document on the Kaiser Wilderness from the US Forest Service.]
[http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&WID=286&tab=Area%20Management Wilderness.net webpage on management of the Kaiser Wilderness.]
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