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Goshute Peak Trail

 Goshute Peak Trail

Goshute Peak Trail is an established but not always maintained path. It starts at the bottom of what is called Christmas Tree Canyon and extends 2.5 miles into a Wilderness Study Area, ending at the mountaintop (not actually Goshute Peak). At the top you will find remnants of a scientific research project run by HawkWatch International, Inc. The organization conducts research on the mountaintop counting, banding and studying birds of prey as they pass down the intermountain flyway. For more information on HawkWatch and their research, connect here www.hawkwatch.org.

The trail is open year round but could be hard to identify when snow-covered. The trail is rated moderate to difficult due to the steep terrain and the fact that it is not always maintained. Visitors could encounter trees across the path or even washouts along the trail. The HawkWatch organization does maintain the trail before their research begins each year (mid August). Once to the top, the area offers vast views of the Goshute Mountains, Goshute Valley, the Ruby and Humboldt Mountain ranges, the Great Salt Flats, and Pilot Peak. The trail is also an opportunity to experience the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Within a WSA please stay on existing roads and if you travel off the trail, please practice Leave No Trace ethics. There are no amenities available on the Trail. Please be sure to bring plenty of water.

From West Wendover, Nevada, take Alternate US Highway 93 south approximately 24 miles to Ferguson Springs Station; follow the main road and signs depicting binoculars, five miles to the trailhead. Specifically from Ferguson Springs Station, follow the dirt road west 1.8 miles to a “T” (binocular sign here). Turn right at “T” and follow for 1.3 miles to the sign pointing left to Christmas Tree Canyon and Goshute Peak Trail. Follow this 2 miles to the parking area. Park only in already disturbed areas, you are within the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area. High clearance vehicles are required.

Although there are few established hiking and mountain biking trails, opportunities to backpack, hike, and explore are almost unlimited. You can walk or ride through badlands, river canyons, mountain forests, or wide-open high "deserts." The mountain ranges, wilderness study areas, and vast desert basins of the Elko District provide a variety of settings to plan your own adventure. Many of these areas are accessible by vehicle, providing excellent places to hike and ride bikes. If you are interested in extended hiking trips, there are countless remote areas that offer outstanding opportunities to "get away" and enjoy the back country solitude.

Last updated: 12-31-2012