Friends of Nevada Wilderness
The United States Congress designated the Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness (map
) in 1989 and it now has a total of 32,072 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Lonely, rarely visited, and subtle, this area is quintessential basin and range country: no lakes, no alpine meadows, no large coniferous forests. Located in north-central Nevada, it encompasses the south end of the Santa Rosa Mountains, with 9,701-foot Santa Rosa Peak in the northern section as its highest point. Paradise Peak in the southern section overlooks rugged granite, a profusion of spring wildflowers, sweeping basins above pockets of quaking aspen, and an abundance of wildlife. Mountain lions and bobcats are elusive but common inhabitants, and California bighorn sheep have been introduced. Eagles and hawks soar with the wind in the higher country, while upland game birds, grouse, and partridge dominate lower elevations. Cold streams provide a home for many trout, including the threatened Lahontan cutthroat. Rattlesnakes and hornets threaten the unobservant in summer. The Summit Trail, with a trailhead at Singas Creek on the east side, crosses the northern section, slips outside the boundary on the east side, and reenters to cross the southern section. The Buffalo Canyon Trail, on the west side, climbs through rock outcroppings for 4.5 miles to join the Summit Trail at the top of the range. The Falls Canyon Trail passes a small waterfall about one-half mile into its 1.5-mile length. The two-mile McConnell Creek Trail offers a rewarding view of Santa Rosa Peak, whose summit can be reached with some strenuous hiking.