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Jarbidge Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Jarbidge Wilderness (map) in 1964 and it now has a total of 110,471 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 throughout this 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 several trails are maintained within the area, remoteness and rugged mountain terrain place this area among the least visited of all Wilderness areas.

Planning to Visit the Jarbidge 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 Jarbidge 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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