Dry, desolate, and rugged, the Little Chuckwalla Mountains, cresting at 2,100 feet, are surrounded by a large, gently sloping bajada incised by a network of washes. In the north part of the Wilderness, a bajada rises gradually to about 400 feet. Here, in portions of the area, you may see desert bighorn sheep, and the southern bajada has been identified as crucial habitat for desert tortoises. Several sensitive plants grow in the Little Chuckwallas, including California snakeweed, Alverson's foxtail cactus, and barrel cactus.
You won't find much in the way of developed trails or water, but you will find an ample supply of solitude.
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 Little Chuckwalla Mountains 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.