Stanislaus National Forest

Emigrant Wilderness

The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness, bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the east, and State Highway 108 on the north; is an elongated area that trends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width.

Mokelumne Wilderness

Designated in 1964, the 105,165 acre Mokelumne Wilderness straddles the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, within the Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. This area is bordered by State Highway 4 on the south and State Highway 88 on the north. Watersheds drain to the Mokelumne River on the west slope and the Carson River on the east slope.

Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

The 161,000 acre Carson-Iceberg Wilderness straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, divided almost evenly between the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. Here you’ll find spectacular high country, with several peaks rising above 10,000 feet, broad river valleys, perennial creeks with small waterfalls, granite-strewn slopes, and meadow-filled valleys.

Stanislaus National Forest is a United States national forest which manages 898,099 acres of land in four counties in the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. It was established on February 22, 1897, making it one of the oldest national forests. It was named after the Stanislaus River.

The Wildernesses of the Stanislaus National Forest (STF) are truly unique and special. The Emigrant Wilderness, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, and the Mokelumne Wilderness Areas each offer outstanding backcountry experience. Together, these three Wilderness Areas make up almost one quarter of the Stanislaus National Forest and have some of the Forest’s most spectacular scenery. Among many recreational pursuits, these Wildernesses offer hiking, backpacking and horseback riding opportunities in a naturally scenic setting and is largely undisturbed by modern development. To experience what these Wildernesses have to offer, a FREE wilderness permit must be obtained.

The Emigrant Wilderness is mostly accessed from CA Highway 108 and known for its many sparkling alpine lakes, vast granite basins, and craggy volcanic formations.
The STF portion of the Carson-Iceberg is accessed from both CA Highway 4 and CA Highway 108 and provides great opportunities for solitude, a variety of geological features and numerous mountain streams.
The STF portion of the Mokelumne is accessed from Highway 4 and includes a portion of the remote and wild Mokelumne River Canyon.
There are no quotas for the wilderness areas on the Stanislaus National Forest.

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