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Morey Peak Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 20120
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Forest Service
Local District: Austin-Tonopah Ranger District
Contact Info: (775) 964-2671
PO Box 130  Austin, NV89310
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Area Description

Rugged, narrow, steep-walled canyons on both the east and west sides distinguish the Morey Peak Wilderness Study Area.

With 5,000 feet of vertical relief from the valley floors to Morey Peak itself at 10,246 feet, this precipitous area offers surprising diversity such as the perennial stream, South Sixmile Creek, which supports brook trout and the largest population of big game animals in this region of Nevada.

Volcanic in nature, the summit of Morey Peak supports ancient Bristlecone Pines, one of only two known occurrences of these trees on this type of soil. Spectacular wildflowers display, in season, along South Sixmile Creek. Willow, cottonwood, and aspen are found in the canyons, while limber pine occur at the higher elevations of the Morey Peak WSA. Cultural and historic resources are found throughout the Morey Peak area.


Morey Peak is one of 34 ranges in Nevada with bristlecone pine trees.  (c) Henry Egghart

Although this bristlecone looks dead, its needles tell us it might live for a few centuries more.  (c) Norman Herterich

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