The Hoover Wilderness is an area of approximately 48,000 acres, the southern part of which (about 9,000 acres) is administered by the Inyo National Forest. The Hoover Wilderness is characterized by rugged mountains, alpine lakes and rushing streams. The steep canyons lead to pleasant meadows and winding streams stocked with rainbow and eastern brook trout. It is the home of deer, bear, bobcat and coyote, as well as an occasional mountain lion.
Elevations within the wilderness range from 8,000 feet to over 12,000 feet. The best time to travel in the wilderness is July-September. Rain, blizzards, extreme cold and strong winds can occur any season. Firewood is scarce and no wood fires are permitted in 20 Lakes Basin. Pack in stock feed. The most heavily used are is in 20 Lakes Basin from Saddlebag Lake. The least use area is in the northern part of the wilderness. Visitor permits are required. There is a quota in effect on travel into Yosemite National Park.
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Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication