Hollow Hills is characterized by a large and gentle bajada that slopes east to west toward Silver Lake, a dry lake that lies just outside the Wilderness' southwest boundary. The bajada is interspersed with washes. Low hills in the east crawl toward the Turquoise Mountains, a gentle range with rounded peaks and smooth-sided ridges. Elevations range from about 300 feet near Silver Lake to a central Wilderness summit of 3,122 feet. The area contains plains, hills, and alluvial fans typical of the California desert. Creosote bush, desert holly, and scale-scrub plant communities dominate the vegetation throughout the area, and desert tortoises and Mojave fringe-toed lizards live here in seclusion. There are no designated hiking trails and no dependable sources 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 Hollow Hills 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.