Twin Peaks Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Act or Law:
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Eagle Lake Field Office
Contact Info: (530) 257-0456
2950 Riverside Drive Susanville,
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The Twin Peaks Wilderness Study Area is a land of steep canyons, peaks and ridges, small springs and two perennial springs. The sinuous canyons and riparian zones along the streams add scenic, ecological and wildlife interest to the area. Elevations range from 3,900 to 6,572 feet atop Twin Peaks.
Sage, grasses and scattered junipers blanket the land, providing forage for grazing animals. Year-round water provides habitat for desert and aquatic species, and the WSA supports deer, antelope, chukar and golden eagle.
Hiking and horseback riding are good in this vast landscape. Hunting is popular.
The Smoke Creek Archaeological District stretches along the southwest side of the WSA on both sides of Smoke Creek. Petroglyph panels, habitation caves and hunting blinds are present.
Wild and open country of Twin Peaks WSA (c) Brian Beffort
In the Twin Peaks WSA (c) Brian Beffort