The John Krebs Wilderness is named after John Hans Krebs, a former congressman (1975-1978) who fought to protect the lush hills, forests and steep granite peaks that make up the Mineral King Valley. It consists of a sweeping landscape of mountains, canyons, meadows, lakes, rushing rivers and giant Sequoia trees.
The area's extraordinary topographic relief—from 3,400 feet above sea level in the foothills to 12,400 feet along the Great Western Divide—supports incredible vegetative diversity. Drought-resistant chaparral and blue oak woodlands blanket its low-elevation western slopes, while stark mountain summits and alpine lakes define its eastern boundary.
A number of animals live in this area year-round; some breed here, while others winter here. Local species include the gray fox, bobcat, striped and spotted skunks, black bear, woodrat, pocket gopher, white-footed mouse, California quail, scrub jay, lesser goldfinch, wrentit, acorn woodpecker, gopher snake, California kingsnake, striped racer, western whiptail lizard, and the California newt.
The John Krebs Wilderness also preserves the Old Hockett Trail, one of the first trans-Sierra routes in California.
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 John Krebs 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.