Three rugged and rocky mountain peaks, including the 10,365-foot Mitchell Peak, stands above a diverse mixture of seasonal ponds, perennial streams, lush meadows, and coniferous forests. In Jennie Lakes Wilderness, there are two main lakes, Jennie Ellis Lake and Weaver Lake, which mingle among many granite outcrops. Most of the Wilderness is above 7,000 feet where red fir, lodgepole pine, and western white pine forest grow up near treeline while an abundance of spring wildflowers fill the meadows. Immediately to the east and south is Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Five major trails cross the Wilderness for a total of 26 miles and receive moderate to heavy visitor traffic. Two of the trails offer loop hikes passing the two main lakes for a distance of about 20 miles. These two main lakes along with Rowell Meadow, are the primary destinations for most backpackers. Four trails also provide access from Jennie Lakes Wilderness into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's backcountry. If you plan to travel and camp in the park's wilderness, a permit is required and are available from the National Park Service Ranger Station.
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 Jennie Lakes 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.