The United States Congress designated the Jarbidge Wilderness (map
) in 1964 and it now has a total of 111,087 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Forest Service.
According to legend, a hardy band of Shoshone braves walled in the original jarbidge (their word for "a weird beastly creature") in a cave in Jarbidge Canyon. Now this northern Nevada Wilderness merits attention as one of the most remote spots in America. Eight of the peaks in the Jarbidge ridge exceed 10,000 feet. But with air as unpolluted as you will find anywhere, the view from these heights goes on for 150 miles. Look down from the peaks and you will see 4,000 feet into the valleys.
This area is unusually wet for Nevada, with seven to eight feet of snow falling annually, ideal for vegetation that varies from northern desert plants to alpine plants. Snow often covers high trails from mid-October to mid-June. Many creeks and a few small lakes provides points of interest for anglers and hikers. Elk graze on the eastern side of the area, attracting their fair share of hunters, and the deer herd has grown quite large. Mountain lions also prowl these grounds.
As you approach the mountains, you may be reminded of the splendor of the European Alps. Although more than 125 miles of trails exist, remoteness and rugged mountain terrain place this area among the least visited of all Wilderness areas.