Clan Alpine Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Act or Law:
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Churchill
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Carson City Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 885-6000
5665 Morgan Mill Road Carson City,
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The Clan Alpine Mountains WSA is rugged and mountainous. It includes Mount Augusta, the highest peak in the range, and several smaller peaks. It holds 20 named winding, deeply dissected canyons and dozens more unnamed canyons. Deep Canyon is noted for its huge rock formations, spires and hoodoos. Elevations range from 3,600 feet in Dixie Valley up to 9,966 feet at the summit of Mt. Augusta. The WSA measures 30 miles long by 15 miles wide.
Hiking and camping, hunting and fishing, cross country skiing are the predominant recreational activities. From atop the Clan Alpine crest, the Sierra Nevada can be seen 100 miles to the west. Visitors are impressed by the rugged aspect of Horse Creek Canyon and the strange rock hoodoos of Deep Canyon.
Mule deer, mountain lion, desert bighorn sheep, sage grouse, golden eagle and prairie falcon may been here. Desert bighorn sheep, once native to the range but eliminated by poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep which grazed the area until the 1940s, were successfully reintroduced into the WSA in 1986. Horse creek and Cherry Creek support trout fisheries.
This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.