Services, Getting There
Getting there: From Bishop, California, head north on US 6 along the west base of the White Mountains. Beyond the summit at Montgomery Pass, SR 360 heads north. About 5 miles past this junction, turn right on paved road signed to Dyer, NV. In 6 miles, this joins SR 264. Exactly 6 miles south of this junction, turn west on dirt road signed Middle Creek, Trail Canyon. If driving west on US 6, turn south onto SR 264 6 miles west of Coaldale and go 14 miles south to Trail Creek turnoff. If from the south, look for Trail Creek turnoff 27 miles north of Oasis, a cluster of ranches near junction of CA SR 168 and 266. Main season: June - October.
Hikes & Trails
Inyo National Forest
USGS topo: Mariposa, Benton, Mt. Barcroft, White Mountain Peak
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Managing Agency: Forest Service
At the north end of the White Mountains, Boundary Peak rises to 13,145 feet. This is the highest point in Nevada. South, across the California state line, an immense granite crest sweeps the vista - the dry, cold wilderness of the nation's highest desert mountains, home to bighorn sheep and bristlecone pine.
The Nevada portion of Boundary Peak Wilderness covers an area of about 10,000 acres, most of which lies above timberline. From the high summits, alternate vistas of valleys and Great Basin ranges recede toward the east. Looking west, you feel as if you could reach out and touch the Sierra Crest. Winter brings dense snow to the northern part of the White Mountains, and these lingering snows prolong spring through August on the fragile expanses of alpine tundra on Pelasier Flats below the peaks. This high, exposed country can be inhospitable: in the summer, surface water is generally absent and gale-force winds and frequent lightning may create dangerous situations.
Wildlife: Blue Grouse, Wolverine (possibly locally extirpated), Western Pipistrelle, Mountain Bluebird, Western Spotted Skunk, Coyote, Desert Horned Lizard, Cassin
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