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Worthington Mountains Map (PDF)
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Worthington Mountain rises like a ship 4,000 feet above dry valleys of central Nevada to almost 9,000 feet. The rugged limestone backbone of the mountain presents a difficult challenge to visitors with heavily-dissected, maze-like canyons, precipitous cliffs, knifelike limestone surfaces, and no surface water. Those who persist will be rewarded by endless vistas, natural arches, 2,000 acres of ancient forest, (the oldest tree dated at 2,100 years), and limestone caves, the largest being Leviathan.
The Worthington Mountains feature a divergent flora from the curious intersection of Great Basin and Sonoran desert vegetation including cholla and cactus of the valley through pinyon - juniper, limber and ponderosa pine, to the Bristlecone Pine of the craggy 9,000 foot summit ridge.
No other Nevada area express the wilderness characteristics of stark beauty, chaotic topography, and remoteness quite as well as Worthington Mountain.
Waiting for the Sun
The shadows move only by degree while Scott's orioles, mourning doves, scrub jays, and the ubiquitous fly catchers chatter about their morning business. Slowly, imperceptibly the amorphous line of shadow resolves into a chaos of blocky teeth, and accurate representation of the Meeker Peek topping the jagged limestone wall of the Worthington Mountains to my back, to the east. And somewhere, 1,600 feet straight up, the great gaping maw of Leviathan Cave yawns thoughtlessly into the sleepy morning. -Pahana-
This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.
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