Mokelumne Wilderness

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Trail Distance: 13.1 miles
Time Estimate: 7 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 3675 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description

If you and your furry hiking buddy enjoy trekking through lands unspoiled by the advancement of civilization, head to the Mokelumne Wilderness for your next hike. There's a thirteen-mile loop trail running through the wilderness preserve which, when you hike it, will make you think you've entered the land that time forgot. On the Mokelumne Wilderness Trail, you'll be heading into some real wild backcountry, so go prepared with water, snacks and cleanup bags. For a day hike, you won't need a permit, but if you're planning on pitching a tent and staying the night, you will need a Mokelumne Wilderness Permit. They're free and are obtainable from the Amador Ranger Station in Pioneer.  

To arrive at the trailhead, head west out of Kirkwood on the Carson Pass Highway in the direction of Jeff Davis Peak. Drive for around an hour, and you'll find the highway comes to an end just before it reaches Meadow Lake. Park there, leash your pup, and you're ready to set off. The moment you hit the trail the first thing you'll notice is the silence. It'll be just you, your fur buddy and nature all around you. Nothing mechanical is permitted in the wilderness, so the only noise you'll hear is the chirping of birds or the call of an animal. The trail is not maintained either, so the going might be tough in places. 

You and your fur buddy will be hiking along a trail which winds along the side of pine-forested mountains with impressive views of peaks and lakes. The area is teeming with wildlife. You could spot deer, pine martens, badgers or coyotes. There's lots of reptile life too. Alligator lizards and pacific tree frogs are common sightings. You'll also see peregrine falcons and redtail hawks circling overhead and maybe even a bald eagle. Make sure your pup doesn't disturb any of the wildlife, and you'll have a pawsome hike!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Diverse Landscape, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and rattlesnakes inhabit the area. Keep your pup leashed. Be prepared for bad weather in the afternoons, even during the summer, as thunderstorms are common.
Address
Carson Pass Hwy
Kirkwood, CA 95646
Hours
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Address
Carson Pass Hwy
Kirkwood, CA 95646
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours