If you’re looking for a true into the wild adventure, the intensely beautiful Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area is just the ticket. Located in the heart of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, this wilderness area is a part of the Snake Mountain Range in eastern Nevada and is the Silver States’ 3rd tallest peak. Great Basin National Park is just a few miles south of the beautiful Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area, often overshadowing what this spectacular wilderness area has to offer.
Sprawling over more than 80,000 of land, your time spent in this area is a true back to nature experience, as it’s almost known for its lack of access. Aside from a few scouting hunters visitors may encounter, it’s more than likely you will cross paths with no one during your time spent in this incredible wilderness area. If you’re in search of solitude, crowdless trails and hynotically beautiful landscapes, Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area is an authentic wilderness experience that many are in search of.
Aside from the magnificent 12,067 foot Mt. Moriah summit the wilderness area is named after, another captivating natural wonder lies within the wilderness area. Adjacent to the peak is a 1,000 plateau known as “The Table,” a distinctive area covered with sub-alpine vegetation which encompasses the majestic Bristlecone Pine, the oldest living tree known to man. When hiking in the area, visitors might even be lucky enough to spot Rocky Mountain Elk sunbathing on The Table. Also, autumn is an excellent season to check out the area, as fall foliage is absolutely exquisite.
In addition to the Rocky Mountain Elk, visitors may also cross paths with other wonderful creatures who call Mt. Moriah home, like mule deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and sage grouse. The perennial streams found in Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area provide habitat for brook and rainbow trout as well as Bonneville cutthroat.
With the prevalence of wildlife, hunting, and fishing are the leading recreational activities in the region, hiking and camping are also popular for those seeking an incredible outdoor experience. As Nevada’s third tallest peak, the summit trail is highly enjoyable with unparalleled views, and only about 1,000 feet lower than the neighboring Wheeler Peak. While there are no appointed campsites within the area, several makeshift campsites have been created by outdoor enthusiasts. The estimated 50 trails are primitive, but in good condition. Explorers in the area may come across one of the area’s many interesting caves, some of which were used by early Native Indians.
Due to a recent fire in the area, access from the eastern side of the Snake Rage is not recommended due to unmaintained road access. From Great Basin National Park, take Highway 50 past the “National Forest Access” sign to a northern dirt road turnoff marked “Spring Valley.” This portion of the drive should take approximately 30 minutes.
Heading north on this well maintained dirt road, travel about 12 miles until a wooden sign marked “Fourmile” will be posted on the right side of the road. Take this turnoff and buckle down for an extremely slow moving 1.5 hour drive the mountain to the Mt. Moriah Wilderness area. Please note that this drive DOES require a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. If you can make this part happen, the rest is completely worth it. Safe travels and enjoy your time off the grid!