Services, Getting There
Getting there: The northeast area provides the best wilderness access. State Road 231, a 13-mile paved road, starts at wells and leads to Winchell Lake and Grey's Lake trailheads. From the south, State Road 229 provides access to Secret Starr Trailhead. Park along Hwy. 229, hike 4 miles north on the trail across private land to the forest and wilderness boundary. Please stay on the trail through this stretch. The trail continuing into the Boulder Creek drainages and to Boulder Lake is 2-4 miles longer.
Hikes & Trails
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Managing Agency: Forest Service
The East Humboldt Wilderness, comprising 36,000 acres, sits astride the East Humboldt mountain range, a high ridgeline of mountains running south from Wells, NV. The area was designated as wilderness in 1989 with the passage of the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act.
Towering 5,000 feet above the sagebrush flats of eastern Nevada, the mountains are desert islands alive with alpine scenery, lake basins, streams, wildflowers, meadows, stands of aspen and conifer, and abundant wildlife. The highest point is Hole-in-the-Mountain Peak at 11,306 ft. which forms a large opening on the skyline.
This is a setting of heavily glaciated peaks, cliffs, talus slopes and U-shaped canyons with groves of limber pines and aspens and high meadows carpeted with wildflowers. The region's wetter-than-Nevada-average climate, which produces much of the water, also offers summer storms of several days duration, so be prepared to get wet.
Established in 1998, Hole-in-the-Mountain Natural Research Area lies partially within this wilderness.
Wildlife: Black Rosy Finch, American Pipit, Swainson's Thrush, Rocky Mountain Goat, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Grouse, Savannah Sparrow, Western Toad, American Beaver, Western Jumping Mouse, Painted Lady
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