Mount Moriah Wilderness has a well-developed trail system. Trails in this well-watered remote range, however, fall in and out of repair depending on use, maintenance, and weather events. As always, during backcountry travel in Nevada's outback, your experience and judgement are of more importance than relying on GPS map layers that may not reflect conditions on the ground. Know where you intend to go, have a good paper map with you, and know how to navigate from the map. The most accessible trailheads are along the east side of the Wilderness. These trails provide access through the entirety of the ecosystems to be found upon Mount Moriah, from the mouth of deep canyons up to The Table to the summit of the range. These trails are long, challenging, and very rewarding. The access from the west is from the end of long and narrow roads, which are recommended for high clearance, 4WD vehicles. The 2014 Hampton Fire burned 12,000 acres in the eastern part of the Wilderness. A torrential rain event followed the fire and washed-out and damaged both the Horse Canyon and Hampton Creek Trails. The USFS has plans to repair and rebuild these trails in the future.
Mount Moriah Trailheads, East Side
Hendrys Creek traverses scenic Hendry Canyon and climbs to The Table in 9.5 miles and reaches Mount Moriah Summit in 11.0 miles.
Hampton Creek follows up to a series of ridges to obtain The Table in 5.5 miles and reaches Mount Moriah Summit in 7.0 miles.
Horse Canyon reaches The Table in 5.5 miles and climbs to Mount Moriah Summit in 7.0miles.
Smith Creek follows Smith Creek to Rye Grass Canyon and also offers connections to Deadman's Canyon and Timber Creek, but as of 2022 the last two connections are overgrown and difficult to find and travel.
Mount Moriah Trailheads, West Side
Big Canyon, the highest evelvation trailhead, starts at 10,000 feet, reaches The Table in only 2.7miles and summits Mount Moriah in 3.9 miles. The road that climbs to this trailhead, however is very long and rough.
Additional Mount Moriah Trails
Most of the other trails within the Mount Moriah Wilderness are short trails, useful for exploring the forests canyons and streams on the Westside. The exceptions are Rye Grass Canyon, Timber Creek (in disrepair as of 2022), and Deadman's Canyon (in disrepair as of 2022) trails, which connect across the range to connect with the Smith Creek Trail, and Trail Canyon, which connects from the southwest corner of the wilderness, across the range to Hendrys Creek Trail. With or without a car shuttle, the extensive trail system of the Mount Moriah provides outstanding opportunities for multi-day exploration expeditions through this sublime Wilderness.
See the Maps and Plan Your Trip Tabs on the left for more information on the Mount Moriah Wilderness trail system.