Hoover Wilderness

North Peak

Rising from the Great Basin to the crest of the Sierra Nevada bordering Yosemite National Park, the Hoover Wilderness is spectacular. With its magnificent scenery and well-maintained trail system, the Hoover Wilderness is a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Hoover was one of the original units of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It was established as a Primitive Area in 1931, then as a Wild Area in 1957. In 1964, Congress designated it as a Wilderness Area. It now has a total of 128,000 acres. The southern portion, from Lundy Canyon to Highway 120-Tioga Pass road is managed by the Inyo National Forest. The remainder, Virginia Lakes and north,  is managed by the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
Closest Towns:
  • Lee Vining, CA (gas, food, lodging)
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA  (full service)
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General Information

General Notes:

Inyo National Forest and Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest share management responsibility for the Hoover Wilderness. 

North part of  Hoover Wilderness including Virginia Lakes is in Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest

South part of Hoover Wilderness including Lundy Canyon is in Inyo National Forest

Harvy Munroe Hall Natural Area is day use only.



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