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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on Dec 23, 2014
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Mokelumne is the cross-section of Sierra Nevada wild lands roughly between state highways 88 and 4, starting uphill from the Cal Dome area, crossing the crest beyond the Kirkwood ski resort, and spreading east. This section of the range is visibly more volcanic than most others, and so many tempting looking spires may turn out to be chossy where finicky climbers are concerned. But for those seeking yet more amazing mountain scenery, and, depending on the exact time and location, solitude, this is a fine and little-documented area to explore. Adventure awaits.

The Wilderness, formed by the U.S. government in 1964, is named for the Mokelumne River that flows through its heart. The river's current name, as recorded by the area's European settlers, comes from a Plains Miwok Village (essentially meaning, "home of the people who fish with nets") that was downstream from the current boundaries. The Miwok themselves call the river Wakalumitch.

The wilderness political boundaries are split between Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests. Permits are required for overnight stays, and Carson Pass may have tighter limits due to its popularity and roadside accessibility. Check the website for the section you visit.

Getting There

Highway 88 for the northern section, highway 4 for the southern, and smaller local roads for others.

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