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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

Protecting Habitat

We ensure the wildlife and habitat will continue to thrive in the Backcountry Wilderness Area through several methods:

  • Trails are designed to minimize impact to habitat and wildlife by building them in strategically less vital areas and using less intrusive building techniques.
  • Seasonal closures of certain trails are enforced to protect wintering elk and nesting eagles
  • Activities are planned with consideration for time of year, place, and other factors to prevent disturbances of wildlife and habitat during sensitive times.
  • Because wildlife need open spaces to roam with little human disturbance, much of the Backcountry is managed primarily for wildlife and accessible only through guided hikes and programs.

We care for the property and its natural resources through various means:

  • Noxious weed management is an important part of habitat protection and restoration.
  • Conduct natural resource surveys to provide information to guide future management decisions.
  • Complete habitat restoration and improvement projects frequently.
  • Monitor vegetation and wildlife patterns and changes over time.

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.