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    Domeland Wilderness


    The Domeland Wilderness is known for its many granite domes and unique geologic formations. It covers 94,695 acres of the southeast part of the Kern Plateau.

    Filled with a series of rugged domelike rock formations, including Church Dome, one of its outstanding scenic points. Because of its lower elevations, visitors especially enjoy this wilderness during the spring and fall seasons.

    This semi-arid to arid country has elevations ranging from 3,000 to 9,730 feet. Vegetation is mostly pinyon pine and sagebrush and semiarid mountains dwindle into low desertland.

    The Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Kern River, one of America's wildest waterways, crosses the Wilderness through deep gorges with bold rock outcroppings and domes interspersed with meadows.

    The river and its tributaries, which include Fish Creek, attract anglers in search of trout. Although the fishing can be excellent, you often will have to resort to strenuous off-trail hiking.

    The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the area north-south and follows the river for about nine miles. Other trails, suitable for foot and horse, give access mostly to the northern section, leaving the south and east seldom explored and difficult to travel. There are about 45 total trail miles.

    Much of this area was burned in the Manter Fire of 2000. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also manages part of this wilderness.