Plan Your Trip
Backpacking is always the best way to experience Mount Stirling for multiday adventures. Water is unreliable, however, and all backcountry users should plan on carrying the water they require the duration of their trip.
Dispersed vehicle camping is available along the designated routes bordering the Mount Stirling wildlands.
Mount Stirling is remote and access requires high clearance vehicles with skilled operators. The Wheeler Pass Road, along the southern border can be approached from the community of Cold Springs on the east, or from Pahrump on the west. The heavy use of the Wheeler Pass Road has compromised the integrity of the road surface. Expect slow, rough travel, rocks, and deep blowouts in the road surface. The north end, the Stirling Mine area, can be reached from a rough road from US 95 east of the Mercury turnoff. Mount Stirling Peak hiking access can be found from several dirt roads in the Woods Canyon area, accessible from Highway 160 north of Pahrump.