John Muir Wilderness

  • Lake Wanda
  • Davis Lake
  • Helen Lake
  • The Hermit
  • Evolution Lake
  • Sapphire Lake
  • Mt. Darwin
  • Muir Pass
  • McGee Lake
  • The Three Sisters
  • Mt. Goddard
  • Mt. Mendel​​

ranger district

Located in Pollock Pines, CA on the El Dorado National Forest.
Address: 7887 US 50, Pollock Pines, CA. 95726
Phone:  530 - 644 - 2349

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john muir wilderness

Backpacking the John Muir Wilderness can be a hiking experience 

California Wilderness
The California Wilderness areas below are Google map links within the site. Click on Terrain for basic Topographical view.
  • John Muir Wilderness
  • Ansel Adams
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Hoover Wilderness
  • Yosemite
  • ​Carson
  • Mt Shasta
  • Mt. Whitney

   backpacking gear list

  • Hiking Boots / Socks
  • Pants, shirts, underwear
  • ​Waterproof Outer Shell
  • Sun Glasses / Hat / Gloves
  • Water Filter / Water Bottles
  • Back Pack / Rain Cover
  • Tent, stakes, footprint
  • ​Map / Compass / Gps
  • ​Bug Juice / First Aid
  • ​Toiletries / Emergency Kit
  • Food / Trail Snacks
  • Hiking Poles / Gaiters
  • Stoves, Fuel, Cooking Kit
  • Eating utensils, mug, etc.
  • Head lamp, camp light
  • Sleeping Bag / Pad

backpacking California

Backpacking in California offers a variety of scenic alpine trails that will have you backpacking in awe inspiring wonder to some of the most spectacular backpacking destinations in the California Sierra Nevada mountains. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs the entirety of California and crosses through much of the California wilderness and forest lands. There is also the Tahoe Rim Trail that winds through some parts of the Lake Tahoe region and Desolation wilderness. A bit further south the John Muir Trail takes backpackers on an epic hike from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney on a 210 mile backpacking trip of a lifetime that can be done all at once or in three 7 - 10 day sections. 

Evolution Lake, Sapphire Lake, McGee Lake, Mt Darwin, Mt Mendel,  Lake Wanda, The Hermit, Davis Lake, Helen Lake, The Three Sisters, Muir Pass, Mt Goddard

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