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America’s Newest Wilderness

A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.

California

Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage
Land protected 468,854 acres in eight wilderness areas
Natural wonder Great Basin bristlecone pines
Champion California Wild (californiawild.org)
See it now Exactly 589.5 trail miles lie within these eight parcels. Link Sabrina Basin and Gorge Lake Trails for a 7.5-mile treat in the expanded John Muir Wilderness. Top out at 11,585 feet before ending at Tyee Lake.
Info: fs.fed.us/r5/inyo

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
Land protected 84,926 acres in the national parks, including more than 800 miles of trails
Natural wonder Giant sequoias
Champion Sierra Nevada Wild (sierranevadawild.gov)
See it now From Redwood Canyon trailhead, hike the 6.5-mile Hart Tree and Fallen Goliath Loop to see the area’s largest sequoias.
Info: nps.gov/seki

California Desert and Mountain Heritage
Land protected 146,824 acres, with 36,700 in Joshua Tree NP
Natural wonder A shrinking population of Joshua trees
Champion California Desert and Mountain Wilderness Campaign (desertmountainwild.org)
See it now Take the South Fork Trail from Jenks Lake Rd. for a five-mile (one way) ridge walk that drops to the San Jacinto River.
Info: fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino

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