Special Places

The Stanislaus National Forest contains many special places, including the entire Emigrant Wilderness as well as portions of the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas. Together, these three Wilderness Areas make up almost one quarter of the Stanislaus National Forest and contain some of the Forest's most spectacular scenery.

The Emigrant (mostly accessed from Highway 108) is known for its many sparkling alpine lakes, vast granite basins, and craggy volcanic formations.

The Stanislaus portion of the Carson-Iceberg (accessed from both Highway 4 and Highway 108) provides great opportunities for solitude among a variety of geological features and numerous mountain streams.

The Stanislaus portion of the Mokelumne (accessed from Highway 4) includes a portion of the remote and wild Mokelumne River Canyon.

  • Wilderness Permits are required for overnight visits and can only be obtained at Stanislaus National Forest Offices. Call to check office hours or ask to have your permit left in the after-hours pick-up box up to three days in advance.
  • Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers is a non-profit partner organization that offers opportunities for the public to participate in stewardship of the wilderness through education and hands-on field projects. Visit www.swv1.org for more information.

Stanislaus National Forest Wilderness Areas

Emigrant Wilderness

The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness, bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the east, and State Highway 108 on the north; is an elongated area that trends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width.



Mokelumne Wilderness

Designated in 1964, the 105,165 acre Mokelumne Wilderness straddles the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, within the Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. This area is bordered by State Highway 4 on the south and State Highway 88 on the north. Watersheds drain to the Mokelumne River on the west slope and the Carson River on the east slope.


Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

The 161,000 acre Carson-Iceberg Wilderness straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, divided almost evenly between the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. Here you'll find spectacular high country, with several peaks rising above 10,000 feet, broad river valleys, perennial creeks with small waterfalls, granite-strewn slopes, and meadow-filled valleys.