Hoover Wilderness

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Hoover Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Dunderberg Peak.jpg
Dunderberg Peak as seen from the Virginia Lakes Basin
Map showing the location of Hoover Wilderness
Map showing the location of Hoover Wilderness
Location Mono County, California, USA
Nearest city Bridgeport, CA
Coordinates 38°6′47″N 119°22′37″W / 38.11306°N 119.37694°W / 38.11306; -119.37694Coordinates: 38°6′47″N 119°22′37″W / 38.11306°N 119.37694°W / 38.11306; -119.37694
Area 48,601 acres (196 km2)
Established January 1, 1964
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Hoover Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. It lies to the east of the crest of the central Sierra Nevada in California, to the north and east of Yosemite National Park - a long strip stretching nearly to Sonora Pass on the north and Tioga Pass on the south.

The headwaters of the East Walker River begin in the Hoover Wilderness. It comprises 48,601 acres (197 km2). Many trails lead into it from the East, from Walker Meadow (off the Sonora Pass road), Buckeye Creek, Green Lakes, Virginia Lakes, Lundy Lake, and Saddlebag Lake (off the Tioga Pass road).

The Hoover Wilderness was originally designated as a Primitive Area by the Forest Service in 1931. It was named in honor of President Herbert Hoover. In 1956, it was designated as a Wild Area and became a Wilderness Area when the 1964 Wilderness Act was passed.[1]

The Hoover Wilderness was the setting of Camping Adventure, a children's book published in 1976 by the National Geographic Society.

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Notable locations in the Hoover Wilderness include:

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Summit Lake at the Sierra Crest

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