John Muir Wilderness


Little Lakes Valley

The John Muir Wilderness stretches for 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra. It is a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially carved terrain. The John Muir Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1964. It covers 650,000 acres. 299,000 acres are managed by the Inyo National Forest, while the remainder is managed by the Sierra National Forest.

The wilderness was named in honor of John Muir, who once described himself as a "self-styled poetico-tramp-geologist-bot. and ornith-natural, etc.!!!” Muir spent his life advocating for the protection of the wild parts of the Sierra Nevada.


At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for all overnight use, and for all day use in the Mt. Whitney Zone.
  • From May 1 to November 1, use is regulated by limited entry quotas.
  • Permits may be reserved in advance, or obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For information about obtaining wilderness permits & reservations  click here...



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