Chimney Peak Wilderness
|Chimney Peak Wilderness|
|Location||Tulare County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Ridgecrest, California|
|Area||13,134 acres (53.15 km2)|
|Established||Oct. 31, 1994|
|Governing body||Bureau of Land Management|
The Chimney Peak Wilderness is a rugged and mountainous Mojave Desert environment on the eastern side of the Southern Sierra Nevada Range. The wilderness is named for Chimney Peak, elevation 7,871 feet (2,399 m), located in the northeast corner of the wilderness.
The area has Mojave Desert plants such as Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) on the valley floors and alluvial fans and in the Sierra foothills. Higher Sierra elevations have single-leaf pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla).
Recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, fishing and camping/backpacking. No motorized vehicles or mechanical equipment is allowed within a wilderness area. A backcountry byway for vehicles is adjacent to part of it.
The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the wilderness area.
- Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway
The BLM began a "byway" program in 1989 which is a tour by automobile through or near scenic public lands. This program designates "backcountry byways" along secondary roads. The Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway can be accessed from State Route 178, is over 38 miles (61 km) in length and travels through Lamont Meadow, circles around Chimney Peak, and returns to Canebrake Road at Lamont Meadow.
- Sacatar Trail Wilderness — adjacent.
- "Chimney Peak Wilderness". Bureau of Land Management.
- "Chimney Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Roadrunner" (PDF). Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club's newsletter. Nov–Dec 2004. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-13.
- "Chimney Peak Back Country Byway". Bureau of Land Management.