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Description - Kaiser Wilderness lies immediately north of Huntington Lake. The area is named after Kaiser Ridge which divides the area into two distinctly different regions. Elevations in the area vary from 7,000 feet to 10,000 feet. The southern part rises gradually from red fir and Jeffery pine forests to the alpine zone along Kaiser Ridge. The northern part contains 18 small lakes and is heavily used. The northwest is steeper, more rugged, and less used. Visitor permits are required as this is a heavily used area.

Attractions - Hiking and fishing abounds in this wilderness area. With major campsites dotting the perimeter of this area, it makes this wilderness fairly easy to access. Just south of the wilderness area lies Huntington lake which offers many recreational opportunities.

Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, 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 - Kaiser Wilderness is to the immediate north of Huntington Lake in the Pineridge Ranger District. There are many campgrounds surrounding the area and trailheads are located near many of of these.

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Additional Information:
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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