Services, Getting There
Supplies: Battle Mountain about 60 miles to the northeast; Winnemucca, 60 miles to the northwest; Fallon about 100 miles to the southwest.
Hikes & Trails
Benchmark Gazetteer, page 49.
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
The Augusta Mountain WSA straddles a ridge of the Augusta Mountain Range. The WSA measures 17 miles long and 13 miles wide. The altitude ranges from 3,400 to 8,400 feet. The northern part is a landscape of silicic ashflow tuff canyons and drainages. Isolated patches of pinyon-juniper are scattered throughout. The central section encompasses Cain Mountain, a limestone peak which is the highest point of the WSA. The mountain is scored in all directions by rugged, deep drainages lined with willow and cottonwood. Favret Canyon is the largest of these. The canyons have fossils and are blocked by intermittent waterfalls, with dense pinyon-juniper stands in the upper reaches. The southern portion is hilly with shallow washes and gullies and gently sloping foothills covered with low sagebrush and rabbitbrush.
This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.
Recreation and Solitude
There is unlimited opportunity for hiking and horseback riding in wide meadows, water filled drainages, steep slopes, and tree-covered hill sides. Unique geologic formations offer many exploration options for rock-climbers, rock-hounds, and fossil hunters. Local fauna offer opportunity for big game hunters. The Augusta Mountains also offer fantastic night-sky viewing as one of the darkest places in the United States.
Take Action: The proposed Augusta Mountain Wilderness is part of the seven proposed wilderness areas outlined in the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act. Sign the petition to gain permanent protection for the Augusta Mountains!
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