Mokelumne Wilderness

[Photo] Mokelumne Wilderness Area

The Mokelumne Wilderness offers diverse beauty ranging from peaks over 11,000 feet high to river canyons hundreds of feet deep. It expands over three forests and is known for its volcanic peaks and diverse variety of plants. Some of the peaks are composed of granite that is as old as the dinosaurs.

Many visitors pass through the Mokelumne Wilderness as part of their trek along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). You can enter the Mokelumne Wilderness at Ebbetts Pass to the south or at Carson Pass to the north. The PCT weaves back and forth across the Sierra Nevada crest from the Canadian to the Mexican borders.


The Mokelumne Wilderness is southwest of Markleeville, CA. Access is available from CA Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass, CA Highway 88 at Carson Pass, and Blue Lakes Road in Hope Valley, California.

Maps and trail information are available, at the local Ranger Station.

Nearest Town: Markleeville, California

Special Information

Maximum Group: Day use-12 people, Night Use-8 people; Day/Night-12 head of stock

Permits: Overnight trips, year-round, require a valid wilderness-visitor’s permit.

  • Wilderness Use Permits: On the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest permits are available at Carson Ranger District trailheads, Carson Ranger Station, the Markleeville Chamber of Commerce/Forest Service Visitor’s Center in Markleeville, CA and on the Pass and Permits page.

  • Campfire Permits: Required for all open fires (including camp stoves). This campfire permit DOES NOT authorize use of fire when fire restrictions are in effect. Call the local Ranger District office for current fire restrictions.

  • Carson Pass Management Area permits: Are only available at the Amador Ranger Station. Summer permits may also be obtained, on a space available basis, at the Carson Pass Information Center at Carson Pass on Hwy 88.


Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District
HCR 1 Box 1000
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7070
Eldorado National Forest
Amador Ranger District
26820 Silver Drive
Pioneer, CA 95666
Phone: (209) 295-4251 TTY (209) 295-5996

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Carson Ranger District
1536 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-2766

Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Ranger District
P.O. Box 500
Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
(209) 795-1381