Golden Trout Wilderness


Horseshoe Meadow

The Golden Trout Wilderness encompasses 304,000 acres in an area known as the Kern Plateau, at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. The area is traversed by several hundred miles of scenic trails and two wild and scenic rivers (North and South Forks of the Kern River). The Golden Trout Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1978. The area is named after California’s brightly colored state fish, which is native only to the waters of the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Golden Trout Wilderness Recreation Guide (pdf)

At a Glance

Permit Info:
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA (full service, hospital)
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:


Activities

Backpacking

Hikers may access the Golden Trout Wilderness from the following Inyo National Forest trails and trailheads:

Horse Riding

For information about modern stock packing ethics, and the history of packing in the Sierra Nevada, view the video above.

Stock users may access the Golden Trout Wilderness from the following Inyo National Forest trails and trailheads:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights