Encompassing the northern section of the Cosa Range, this Wilderness preserves an area of extensive erosion revealing outstanding displays of volcanic formations and numerous valleys and washes. From high points--primarily Joshua Flat in the east-central portion--you'll discover great views east into the Sierra Nevada and north into Owens Valley. In addition to Joshua Flat, striking Vermillion Canyon runs west from near the middle of the area, offering an especially scenic reason to make the trek. Cactus Flat and McCloud Flat to the south were once active mining regions. You'll see large stands of Joshua trees mixed with low desert shrubs, annuals, cactuses, and creosote bushes. Old tracks lead from the east to Joshua Flat and from the west to Vermillion Canyon. There is ample room to wander without much chance of seeing another human. Carry plenty of water.
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 Coso Range 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.