East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness
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This Wilderness is located east of High Rock Canyon about 40 miles southeast of Cedarville, CA. The main access to the wilderness is from the High Rock Canyon road which can be reached from Washoe County 8A and the Stevens Camp Road from the north, or from Washoe County Road 34 and the High Rock Lake Road from the south. The High Rock Canyon Road is closed each year between the 1st of February until the 2nd weekend in May to minimize human disturbance on nesting raptors and lambing bighorn sheep.
The East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness consists of a large area of broad volcanic uplands dissected by the deeply cut drainages of High Rock and the East Fork of High Rock Canyons (also known as Pole Canyon). The numerous intermittent and irregular drainages in the area, combined with undulating ridges provide outstanding opportunities for isolation and solitude. The East Fork is a deep rim bound canyon that is relatively well watered and supports meadow complexes and other riparian vegetation with meadows on the canyon floor. Remains of several depression era homesteads can be seen in the canyon. The main vegetation type is sagebrush, with willows and small stands of chokecherry, and one small stand of aspen occurring in the canyon. The many cliffs and rock formations support a wide range of wildlife habitats including a nesting raptor population of golden eagles, prairie falcons, hawks and owls. The canyons support a small yearlong mule deer population which swells with winter migrants. The sparsely sage brush covered buttes and uplands are home to pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and wild horses.
Recreational Opportunities

High Rock Canyon which forms the southern and western boundaries of the Wilderness provides outstanding opportunities to see the historic Applegate Lassen Emigrant Trail. High Rock Canyon is outside of the Wilderness and contains a rough jeep trail that is open to vehicles (see seasonal closure information above). The East Fork of High Rock Canyon provides for excellent dayhiking and backpacking opportunities. Hunting for deer, antelope, bighorn and chukar is popular in the area. Rugged dirt routes that form the boundaries of the Wilderness provide excellent four-wheel driving and mountain biking opportunities.

Map index graphic for the East Fork High Rock Canyon wilderness areaClick here for a map of the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness (838 Kb pdf).

Last updated: 05-14-2008