- Sacatar Trail Wilderness
Infobox Protected area
name = Sacatar Trail Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib
locator_x = 25
locator_y = 94
lat_degrees = 35
lat_minutes = 57
lat_seconds = 20
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 117
long_minutes = 59
long_seconds = 41
long_direction = W
nearest_city = Ridgecrest, California
area = convert|51900|acre|km2
established = Oct.31, 1994
Bureau of Land Management
world_heritage_site =The Sacatar Trail Wilderness is a federally designated
wilderness arealocated convert|20|mi|km northwest of Ridgecrest, CaliforniaUSA.It was created in 1994 with the passage of the California Desert Protection Act( Public Law103-433) and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management(BLM).The wilderness is convert|51900|acre|km2 in size and protects portions of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. [ [http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=legiscdpa&error=404#titlei Wilderness.net's HTML version of Ca. Desert Protection Act of 1994.] ] The Sacatar Trail was the only route into the Owens Valleyfrom the West before the road over Walker Passwas built.Cattle, soldiers, and commercial traffic used this trail. [ [http://kernkaweah.sierraclub.org/roadrunner/november_december_2004.pdf Sierra Club's newsletter, "Roadrunner", Nov/Dec 2004 issue p.6] ] It is the only designated hiking trial within the wilderness and is about nine miles (14 km) in length.
Elevations in the wilderness are from convert|3541|ft|m to convert|8800|ft|m.
The Bureau of Land Management encourages the practice of
Leave No Traceprinciples of outdoor travel to minimize human impact on the environment.
The Sacatar Trail Wilderness encompasses a narrow band along the southern Sierra crest between Ninemile Canyon in the south and
Sequoia National Forestto the north. Its boundary includes the desert-like eastern face of the Sierra where broad alluvial fans or bahadas collect from Rose Valley. Height from Rose Valley up to the granite crest is as much as a mile. Five steep canyons cut through the east side with several perennial springs. At the springs, riparian growth includes Fremont cottonwoodtrees, willows and grasses. The higher elevations have single-leaf pinyon pine and Jeffrey Pinetrees.
The trail crosses the wilderness from east to west, with the east side a steep and strenous climb. Starting at the west trailhead and traveling east is recommended.
The eastside trailhead is difficult to find because of minimal signage. A topographic map (Little Lake quad) or the BLM map of the area is helpful.
Adkinson, Ron "Wild Northern California, including the entire Sierra Nevada", Globe Piquot Press, 2001
[http://www.blm.gov/ca/pa/wilderness/wa/areas/sacatar_trail.html Bureau of Land Managemnt's page on Sacatar Trail Wilderness]
[http://www.blm.gov/education/lnt/ The Bureau of Land Management's Leave No Trace training page]
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