Remote high-elevation forested landscapes containing very limited or primitive improvements. Congressionally designated Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers occur in this setting. These picturesque "destination" wilderness areas are among the most popular within the American Wilderness System and provide nationally recognized trails such as the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails. Non-wilderness areas provide additional vestiges of the forest's historic landscape.

Activities/Opportunities:Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and rafting are predominant activities in this setting. Recreation in non-wilderness areas is mostly dispersed. Developed recreation sites, outside of the Wilderness, are small and scattered throughout the area.