Category: Hoover Wilderness

Bordering Yosemite National Park along the Pacific Crest and falling away to the Great Basin to the east, the Hoover Wilderness is a spectacular piece of the Sierras. Soaring peaks, glistening lakes and lush meadows are just some of its awesome spectacles. The headwaters of the East Walker River can also be found in the creeks of the Hoover Wilderness.

Trailheads located in Virginia Creek, Green Creek, Robinson Creek, Buckeye Creek, and the Little Walker River provide access to trails within the Hoover Wilderness.

Maps and trail information are available at the Bridgeport Ranger District.

Nearest Town: Bridgeport, California

Sharing a boarder with the Yosemite Wilderness along the Sierra crest, the Hoover is widely known for its extreme mountain terrain. The wilderness was first established as a “primitive area” in 1931 and was then protected as wilderness in the 1964 Wilderness Act.

The Hoover has relatively little timber throughout much of its steep terrain. Its forests are composed of scattered groves of hemlock, pine, aspen, and cottonwood. Diverse wildflowers spread over the intermittent meadows found here and black bears are common.

Getting There

The Hoover is easily reached from its southern end (along Highway 120 near Yosemite’s Tioga Pass entrance station), as well as from various points along its eastern edge near Highway 395. Many hikers pass through the Hoover wilderness to visit otherwise remote areas of Yosemite Wilderness. See the sidebar for public transportation options. See the sidebar for public transportation options.

Permits: Required. Hoover Wilderness Area permit applications with instructions are available.

Special Information

ENTIRE HOOVER WILDERNESS

  • Wood campfires and stove fires (unless a stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized gas) are NOT ALLOWED above 9,000 feet in the Virginia and Green creeks drainages, or within ¼ mile of Barney and Peeler Lakes, or in the Sawtooth Ridge Area.
  • No camping within 1/4 mile of Barney, Red, Blue, and Big Virginia lakes. No camping within 100 ft of all other lake shores, streams, or developed trails.
  • Please store your food properly so that it cannot be obtained by bears or other wild animals. Approved canisters are the best method for storing your food.

SAWTOOTH ZONE

  • No campfires are allowed
  • Maximum group size is 8 persons
  • No camping within 100 yards of established routes

 

 
 
 
 
  • Route 120
  • Sonora Pass

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