Services, Getting There
Getting there:The High Schells Wilderness is just northeast of Ely, Nevada. To access the west side of the wilderness, take Highway 93 North towards the town of McGill. Go through McGill and drive roughly 10 miles north to the Duck Creek Valley turnoff. Following this road leads to the popular Timber Creek campground, and just past there the Berry Creek turnoff. Further south of Berry Creek is the turnoff for Worthington Canyon. The east side of the wilderness can be accessed by taking Highway 893 north. Services: Ely is roughly 20 road miles to the west.
Hikes & Trails
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
USGS topo: Cave Creek, Cave Mountain, Cleve Creek Baldy, Duck Creek Valley, Kalamazoo Creek, Kalamazoo Summit, Majors Place, North Schell Peak, South Schell Peak. Benchmark Gazetteer pages 53, 61.
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Managing Agency: Forest Service
The High Schells Wilderness rises majestically about 10 miles east of Ely, Nevada. This long and lofty range, with lingering snowbanks, marches above timberline for miles, reaching 11,880 feet at North Schell Peak. Taft and South Schell Peaks join in dominating the view. Rimrock, talus slopes and cliffs fall away into broad basins where clear streams run. The west-side canyons are lovely. Aspen and conifers line the many creeks that plummet off the high benchlands.
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