01 - Hoover Wilderness Climbing
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DescriptionSharing a border with the Yosemite Wilderness along the High Sierra crest, the Hoover Wilderness encompasses the Sawtooth Ridge (separate in MP for convenience). The wilderness was first established as a "primitive area" in 1931 and was then protected as wilderness in the 1964 Wilderness Act.
The Hoover has relatively little timber throughout much of its steep terrain. Its forests are composed of scattered groves of hemlock, pine, aspen, and cottonwood. Diverse wildflowers spread over the intermittent meadows found here and black bears are common.
Hoover is home to the spectacular Flatiron Butte.
Getting ThereThe Hoover is easily accessible from its southern end (along Highway 120 near Yosemite's Tioga Pass entrance station), as well as from various points along its eastern edge near Highway 395.
A wilderness permit is required for all overnight trips into the Hoover Wilderness. Trail quotas are in effect from the last Friday in June through September 15.
Permits are issued by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Inyo National Forest; the Inyo manages the southern tip accessible from Tioga Pass along Hwy 120, and Mono Lake, while the majority of the wilderness is managed by the Humbolt-Toiyabe. NOTE: Inyo also issues permits for trails to Lundy and Lakes Canyons accessed from the Mono Lake area. H-TNF issues permits for Twin Lakes and north.
HUMBODLT-TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST
If you plan to enter the wilderness through the Humboldt-Toiyabe, permits are available at the Bridgeport Visitor Center or by mail from March 1 through three weeks prior to the first day of you trip. The rest of the year permits are issued by self-registration at the Bridgeport ranger station - see sidebar for additional Forest Service website links.
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
For entering on the Inyo, permits are available here.
Classic Climbing Routes at 01 - Hoover Wilderness
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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