The Chimney Peak Wilderness was protected by the 1994 California Desert Protection Act. This wilderness is covered primarily by pinyon pines in rocky mountainous terrain. Some areas of riparian vegetation and sage brush are also present. Its 13,700 acres encompass the 7,994 foot Chimney Peak. The Chimney Peak is home to a wide variety of bird life along with small and large animals. Black bears have been observed in the area as well as mule deer, bobcats, and mountain lions. Two spring developments are located on the periphery of the wilderness at Fox Mill along the PCNST on the north and Big Foot Spring along the Long Valley Loop Road on the south. A guzzler (water capture device for wildlife) and an area of crushed brush is located in the northeast corner of the wilderness area.
Hiking, walking and hunting are a few recreational activities the visitors can enjoy. About eight miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST) travels through the area and offers the hiker or equestrian an opportunity for solitude among pinyon pines. To restore naturalness, a trailer house was removed from near the center of the wilderness. The old roadway to the site will be allowed to recover naturally.
No permit is required for camping in the Kiavah Wilderness - go for it! Camping is limited to 14 days, after which visitors must relocate at least 25 miles from their previous site. Campsites must be located at least 100 feet away from water sources.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
No more than 15 people and 25 head of stock are allowed on overnight trips. Why?
BEARS AND FOOD STORAGE
Black bears are generally not a problem in the Domeland Wilderness, but it is always advisable to store your food properly.
Campfires are allowed with a campfire permit. Gathering wood for campfires is limited to dead and down materials. Live vegetation cannot be cut.
Domestic pets are allowed so long as they are under control and do not harass wildlife.
- Horses are permitted, however, you may be required to carry weed-free feed.
- Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging, or offering to do so is prohibited by law.
Bureau of Land Management
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555