The Beauty Mountain Wilderness is comprised of a series of steep, rugged mountainsides dominated by the 5,548 foot Beauty Mountain. This mountain rises above the more gentle relief of the plateau that forms the western half of the wilderness. Deep canyons have formed from drainage off the erosion-resistant ridges. Beauty Mountain’s Million Dollar Spring is considered to be one of the most pristine watersheds in all of southwestern California.
This wilderness includes the largest blocks of undeveloped land in an area exploding with growth and is both a wildlife corridor and habitat for several endangered species—the California gnatchater and the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
The wilderness boundaries on the north, east and west are irregular, delineated by surrounding private land. The eastern boundary follows the alignment of the California Riding and Hiking Trail, which in this area serves as the temporary route of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
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 Beauty Mountain 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.
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 - Public law 111-11 (3/30/2009) An act to designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.