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Description - The 30,000 acre Dinkey Lakes Wilderness was created by the California Wilderness Act of 1984. Dinkey Lakes lies immediately west of the John Muir Wilderness and is separated from the John Muir Wilderness by the Dusy-Ershim Off Highway Vehicle Route.

Most of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness consists of timbered rolling terrain. Sixteen lakes are clustered in the west central region. Most of the Wilderness is above 8,000 feet and the highest point, Three Sisters Peak, is 10,619 feet above sea level. Large meadows can be found in the north central region of the Wilderness and along Helms Creek.

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is well-suited for stock travel, but natural feed is available only in the meadows north of First Dinkey Lake and in the vicinity of Nelson Lake. (Stock parties must camp at least 500 feet from any lake shore to protect the water quality.) Firewood is very scarce in the lakes region. Cattle grazing is an historical and continuing use of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness
Access into Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is via Kaiser Pass Road(north), Red/Coyote Jeep Road(west), Rock Creek Road(southwest) or Courtright Reservoir(southeast). The Wilderness is accessible generally from mid-June to late October.

Attractions - This wilderness area is open to hiking and horseback riding only. Although the Ershim/Dusy Off-Highway Vehicle Route runs between this wilderness area and the John Muir Wilderness Area. There is no quota system at this time, but visitor permits are required for overnight stays.

Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.

Climate - Weather conditions in the Sierra National Forest vary locally with elevation and exposure. Weather changes more rapidly and severely in the Forest's higher elevations. In general, temperatures in the Sierras drop three degrees with each 1000' of elevation gain.

Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Snowpack above 8000' can be 25 fee in the winter. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - From Lake Shore take State Hwy. 168 south to Forest Road 8S10 then east to Forest Rd 8S42. Take the road until it forks then take the right fork to Red Lake. The trail head is a few feet past the other side of the lake. When the road forks 4 WD is recommended to the trail site.

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Filed By: rick thurber (San Francisco, cA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Too many horse and stock that distroy creek beds and leave wide and dusty trails

More Information

Contact Information:
Pineridge Ranger District, P O Box 559 , Prather, CA, 93651, Phone: 559-855-5360, Fax: 559-855-5375, TTY: 559-855-5367

Kings River Ranger District, 34849 Maxon Rd. , Sanger, CA, 93657, Phone: 203-855-8321

Dinkey Ranger Station, 53800 Dinkey Creek Rd. , Dinkey Creek, CA, 93664, Phone: 209-841-3404

Additional Information:
King's River Ranger District - The John Muir Wilderness Area is located here as well as parts of the Monarch and Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area.
Pineridge Ranger District - This ranger district, located in the central portion of the forest features three wilderness areas and numerous lakes that offer excellent boating, water skiing, and fishing. There are numerous hiking and OHV trails to provide land recreation.


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