Cedar Mountain Wilderness Area
General Trip Planning Information
The Cedars Mountains do not have designated trails, trailheads, or campsites. Signs and visitor kiosks are found along boundary roads only. Travel is generally over open, unconfined terrain. Topography consists of rolling benches rising to steep slopes with shallow canyons. Vegetation consists mostly of grassland, sagebrush, and scattered juniper woodlands. Heavy timber is not present. Cattle grazing occurs from November to May each year.
Hiking, climbing, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife and wild horse viewing, nature photography, and touring the Hastings Cutoff on the California National Historic Trail. Follow in the footsteps of Fremont, Kit Carson, the Donner party, and many pioneer emigrants over Hastings Pass.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
This is an arid, high desert environment typical of the Great Basin. Natural water sources are limited to a few brackish springs and seeps. Most available water has been piped to troughs for livestock grazing which can be used but come prepared to treat any water found or bring your own supply. Temps range from the upper 90s/low 100s in summer to below freezing in winter. Snow level in the winter is generally above 5000 feet. Spring and fall are ideal seasons to visit.
Safety and Current Conditions
Between June and September, check with BLM for current fire restrictions. Access to the area is over periodically-maintained dirt roads that can become very muddy and impassable during wet weather. High-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Attempting to drive over Hastings Pass or Rydalch Pass during inclement weather is not recommended. Cell phone coverage is usually fair to good in most locations.