Pine Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Pine Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Pine Creek Wilderness
LocationSan Diego County, California, United States
Nearest cityEl Cajon, California
Coordinates32°45′59.1906″N 116°35′52.9434″W / 32.766441833°N 116.598039833°W / 32.766441833; -116.598039833
Area13,261 acres (53.67 km2)
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service

Pine Creek Wilderness is a wilderness area designated by Congress in 1984.[1] It is located entirely in California, and managed by United States Forest Service as part of the Cleveland National Forest.[2]

The wilderness is a sloping area of 13,261 acres (53.67 km2), ranging from 2,000 ft (610 m) elevation in the south to 4,000 ft (1,200 m) in the north. It is situated entirely in California, bordered by the Hauser Wilderness to the south.[2] Vegetation consists primarily of chaparral (dominated by chamise and scrub oak) with oak woodland along stream bottoms.[3]

Wilderness permits are required for both day and overnight use.[3]


  1. ^ "Pine Creek Wilderness - U.S. Forest Service - Wilderness". CaliforniaTrailMap. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Pine Creek Wilderness". Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Wilderness Areas: Pine Creek Wilderness", Cleveland National Forest, USDA Forest Service, retrieved 6 May 2019