The Sequoia National Forest issued a Forest Order today closing the remaining vehicle access points to Wilderness trailheads for the winter season. Starting January 27, 2012 through June 15, 2012 the last remaining access to the wilderness, the Lloyd Meadow Road, has been closed. Other roads that enabled users to access the wilderness, such as the North Road near Quaker Meadow, were closed earlier this winter season. Unless another Forest Order comes out sooner than the June date, users wanting to access the Golden Trout Wilderness will have to do so on foot. Ignoring this closure is a violation of this prohibition and is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. It was signed by Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliot on January 26, 2012.
We recommend staying out of the wilderness till the Forest Order has been lifted. Instead do lower elevation camping, hiking, and/or backpacking. Start training those muscles during this down time for the upcoming summer season!