The South Sierra Wilderness straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada at the southern end of the range. The Golden Trout Wilderness is on its northern boundary. Elevations range from 6,100 feet near Kennedy Meadows to 12,123 feet at Olancha Peak. The South Sierra Wilderness is traversed by about 30 miles of trails. There are outstanding opportunities for adventure and solitude in this wilderness area. The South Sierra Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1984. Approximately half of its 62,700 acres are managed by the Inyo National Forest. The rest is managed by the Sequoia National Forest.
Hikers can access the South Sierra Wilderness from the following trails in the Kern Plateau region of the Inyo National Forest: