Stanislaus National Forest Wilderness Areas
Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness (Photo by J. Silverman) The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) manages the entire Emigrant Wilderness and co-manages the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas. Each one is a unique natural landscape, offering hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding opportunities (see link for each below). All overnight trips in these wilderness areas require a free permit (see below), while day-use does not.
To learn more about wilderness permits, click here.
Trailhead Access to Wilderness
Most of our wilderness trailheads remain inaccessible due to snow until mid- to late-May or June. Check the Recreation Conditions Report to see what trailheads are open/accessible. Note: scroll down below the map on the Recreation page.
Tells Us About the Trail and Camp Conditions in Wilderness
After you return from your trip, please consider sending us feedback about conditions using this form.
Volunteering for Wilderness
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 to learn more.
The Stanislaus National Forest does not issue permits for destinations south of Tioga Road (CA Hwy 140) within Yosemite NP. Permits that start at Stanislaus trailheads can be written to exit at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite NP. The Stanislaus cannot issue permits for the John Muir Trail, the High Sierra Route, to/for the Mount Whitney Zone, or for long-distance trips on the Pacific Crest Trail (north of Donner Pass or South of Tuolumne Meadows). Contact Yosemite National Park, the Inyo National Forest, or the Pacific Crest Trail Association respectively for these routes and areas.
If you have questions, please contact one of the offices. You may leave a message for call backs. See our homepage for contact numbers.
If you have questions about visiting a Wilderness Area, please contact one of the offices during business hours.
To learn more about each wilderness click one of the photos below.