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Alta Toquima Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Alta Toquima Wilderness (map) in 1989 and it now has a total of 35,529 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Forest Service.


Steep and sharply cut with many rocky canyons, the Toquima Mountain Range lies between Big Smoky Valley on the west and Monitor Valley on the east in central Nevada. In the central portion of the range you'll find Alta Toquima Wilderness, rising from gentler terrain in the northern section to more rugged ground that peaks in the south on Mount Jefferson. This massif stands boldly prominent, a collection of three summits on a ridge eight miles long and two miles wide, with a high point of 11,949 feet. On a clear day, you can stand on this ridge and see all the way to the mountains in California and Utah.

From sagebrush and grass at lower elevations, the vegetation turns to pinion-juniper woodlands and finally to limber pine and a few patches of aspen in the higher country. Pine Creek supports a native population of trout, and the slopes are home to deer, bighorn sheep, grouse, and chukar.

Trails from the north, east, and south provide access to the crest. The western side of the Wilderness is seldom seen.

Planning to Visit the Alta Toquima Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Alta Toquima Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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