Facts

 

Best Months to Hike
Mid-June (when the snow's melted enough for access) through mid-October (most trails close 10/15). September and October are particularly nice because of the cooler weather.

Number of Hikes
There are about a hundred different trailheads in the Wilderness Area.

Miles of Trails
550 maintained

Trail Lengths
2 miles to 37 miles

Elevation
1360 ft to over 9000 ft.

Highlights
Coniferous forest, streams, alpine lakes, granite peaks, wildflowers, meadows, wildlife.

Trailhead Access
Many are accessible by standard vehicle, but a 4-wheel drive increases your options. Trailhead transportation is available for a fee through the Ranch.

Weather
You should be prepared for heat, as well as cold, as temperatures vary greatly by elevation and time of day/night. Summer thunderstorms can brew up on hotter days.

Safety
Water purification tablets, and/or filter systems are advised, as giardia is a risk. Mace for protection against the highly unlikely event of a contentious cougar or bear encounter is also advised.