The United States Congress designated the Boundary Peak Wilderness (map
) in 1989 and it now has a total of 10,521 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Of the 11.86 million acres of the heavily visited Inyo National Forest split between Nevada and California, only 60,654 lie in Nevada. In that portion, you will find this one lonely Wilderness, the state's smallest. But this Wilderness makes up in height what it lacks in size, with Boundary Peak, at 13,140 feet, rating as the highest point in Nevada. The peak overlooks, as might be expected, the California border, and rises above the White Mountains, a high and dry range from which colorful canyons descend eastward into desertland. Hiking up these precipitous canyons will often lead you to an abrupt end, where waterfalls (now dry) once carved the rock. Rising dramatically from the floor of Nevada, the mountains are primarily of granite, with an overlay of old sedimentary rock and exposed fossils dating back 600 million years. Boundary Peak and nearby Montgomery Peak pair up in an impressive massif with a grand view.