Kaiser Ridge divides this Wilderness into two distinctly different areas. The southern portion rises gradually from near the crowded north shore of Huntington Lake under stands of Jeffrey pine and red fir until it reaches the alpine zone on the ridge. The northern half is much more open, with a steep descent from the ridgeline to 18 small lakes. Most of the lakes require cross-country travel to reach. The northern portion receives heavy human use, but you'll leave the crowds behind if you strike out for the steep, rugged northwest section. Most of Kaiser Ridge is comprised of Kaiser Peak, which lifts to 10,320 feet and provides an excellent view of the central Sierra Nevada from its summit. Snow usually begins to fall in October and refuses to disappear until early June. Immediately to the east lies John Muir Wilderness. Four trailheads open onto the southern portion. The trail from Upper Billy Creek Campground offers a loop that traverses the ridge for about seven miles to the summit of Kaiser Peak, with an option to drop off into the northern portion. Four trailheads open onto the northern area. The primary point of entry in the north is from Sample Meadow Campground.
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 Kaiser 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.
(No official title, designates Fish and Wildlife Service wildernesses) - Public law 94-557 (10/19/1976) To designate certain lands as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System and to provide designation for certain lands as Wilderness Study Areas