Chimney Peak Wilderness encompasses rocky mountainous terrain dominated by the pinyon pine forest and sagebrush of the Southeastern Sierra. The area is bounded by the primitive Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway, but is otherwise surrounded by Owens Peak Wilderness to the East and Domelands Wilderness to the West.
About 8 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail pass through a portion of this wilderness. Chimney Peak rises in the northeast corner of the wilderness to 7,994 feet; Chimney Creek briskly flows across the eastern boundary, providing a habitat for trout. Black bears, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife can all be seen in the area in abundance.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Chimney Peak Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
California Desert Protection Act of 1994 - Public Law 103-433 (10/31/1994) "California Desert Protection Act of 1994" An Act to designate certain lands in the California Desert as wilderness, to establish the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to establish the Mojave National Preserve, and for other purposes.