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Backcountry Wilderness Area Management

The Backcountry Wilderness Area* is 8,200 acres or about 13 square miles of conserved open space. In January of 2006, Shea Homes completed early conveyance of 874 acres to the HRCA to build the Wildcat Mountain Trail System. In May 2009 the rest of the Backcountry was conveyed to the HRCA. In August of 2009 the HRCA opened The Highlands Point Trail System.

Key Backcountry Management Information


The Backcountry Wilderness Area's mission, as stated in the Management Implementation Plan, is to "Provide visitors with unprecedented opportunities to enjoy nature near where they live, while protecting and conserving natural, cultural, archaeological, and historical resources for the enjoyment of future generations."

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Presentations

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Fire Mitigation

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Bench

Mundus Conceptual Plan Final Report for HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area


Backcountry Planning Areas Advisory Committee Report Regarding Potential Uses of The Backcountry Planning Areas

Mundus Bishop Proposal for Backcountry Wilderness Area

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Study Group Presentation from HRCA


More Backcountry Management Information

Have a suggestion or question? Click to contact the Backcountry Wilderness Area Staff.

Questions? Contact Mark Giebel: email or 303-471-8885.