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South Jackson Mountains Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2000

Act or Law: Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Act of 2000
Acres: 54535
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Humboldt   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Winnemucca Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd  Winnemucca, NV89445
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Area Description

Dominating the South Jackson Mountains Wilderness is the nearly 9,000-foot summit of King Lear Peak. It rises almost 5,000 vertical feet from the valley floor to its turret-like top. The South Jackson Mountain Wilderness area runs about 15 miles long and from 2 to 11 miles wide. Like its adjacent wilderness neighbor to the north, this range was thought to have been an island when prehistoric Lake Lahontan covered much of the region.

King Lear Peak is recognized as one of the best rock climbing and mountaineering sites in northwest Nevada. Bighorn sheep grace its slopes. The western slopes of the wilderness are riddled with deep canyons sporting names like Hobo, Bliss, Alaska and McGill. A short cherrystemmed road leads to the mouth of McGill Canyon and provides a great place to launch a hike. Cottonwood trees and running water make this a popular area for all recreationists.

This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.

Wildlife: Painted Lady, California Bighorn Sheep, Green-tailed Towhee, Mountain Bluebird, Violet Green Swallow, White-throated Swift, Western Kingbird, Bullock

Like a crown of limestone, King Lear Peak caps the South Jackson Mountains Wilderness.  (c) Ron Hunter

Brian Murdock, left, helps Kurt Kuznicki celebrate his 50th birthday on the summit of King Lear Peak.  (c) Brian Beffort

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