Pahute Peak Wilderness
A portion of the proposed National Desert Trail goes up Pahute Peak and provides good opportunities for dayhiking or backpacking. The view from the top of Pahute Peak allows visitors to view the majority of the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emmigrant Trails National Conservation Area. The historic site of the murder of the famous early pioneer Peter Lassen is located just outside the Wilderness along one of the vehicle access routes. Deer, antelope and Chukar hunting are popular in the area. Rock hounding (using non-motorized tools) is popular in the area
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
The area has a typical climate of the Great Basin; hot summers with temperatures over 100 degrees F and cold winters with temperatures often below 20 degrees F. Although some of the canyons contain perennial streams and springs, they should not be relied on as a source of water and a sufficient amount of water should be carried. Because the area has poor cell phone coverage the only reliable form of communication is by satellite phone. Access roads in the area are very rough and visitors should have high clearance four wheel drive vehicles with extra gas and two spare tires.
Safety and Current Conditions
Current conditions for the area can be found by calling the BLM Winnemucca Field Office at 775-623-1500