Extremely rugged country with sparse vegetation, the original Domeland Wilderness was known for its many granite domes and unique geological formations. Additions were made in 1984, primarily on the north side, including a large basin surrounded by rock formations that comprises a gentler region with mixed conifers and wet meadows. The California Desert Protection Act of 1994 added land to the east (and a little to the south); thick pinion-covered mountains, rugged topography, perennial streams, and outstanding opportunities for solitude. Here in Domeland, semiarid mountains dwindle into low desertland. The Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Kern River, one of America's wildest waterways, crosses the Wilderness through deep gorges with bold rock outcroppings and domes interspersed with meadows. The river and its tributaries, which include Fish Creek, attract anglers in search of trout. Although the fishing can be excellent, you often will have to resort to strenuous off-trail hiking.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the area north-south and follows the river for about nine miles. Other trails, suitable for foot and horse, give access mostly to the northern section, leaving the south and east seldom explored and difficult to travel. There are about 45 total trail miles.
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 Domeland 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.