Golden Trout Wilderness


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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:
  • Wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight visits.
  • Wilderness permits are available at any Inyo National Forest ranger station during business hours.
  • For after hours pick-up, permits may be reserved up to six months in advance. Contact the Wilderness Permit Reservations Office, at (760) 873-2483.
  • Golden Trout Wilderness Regulations apply.
  • Food and refuse must be stored in bear-proof containers or counter-balanced. In some areas it must be stored in bear-proof containers.
  • In some areas campfires are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
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