High Rock Lake Wilderness
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Photo of High Rock Lake wilderness area

The Wilderness is located in western Humboldt County. The best access to the Wilderness is located from the Soldier Meadows Road (Humboldt County Road 200) that forms the eastern boundary of the Wilderness. The western part of the Wilderness can be accessed from Washoe County Road 34 and the High Rock Lake Road
The High Rock Lake Wilderness contains the northern portion of the Calico Mountains. Much of the area consists of large mesa which slants toward the east. The west side of the area consists of rim rock bluffs and the northwest corner is occupied by the intermittent High Rock Lake. High Rock Lake was created about 14,000 years ago after a large rockslide closed the original outlet to High Rock and Little High Rock canyons. The new outlet cut Fly Canyon, a narrow rim bound canyon that empties at Soldier Meadows. A unique feature of Fly Canyon is the “potholes” one of which is shown to the right. These are erosional features that have formed in the bedrock of the canyon by the swirling and whirl pool action of the stream. Part of the northern boundary road of High Rock Lake is the route of the Applegate-Lassen Trail. Today’s visitor sees essentially the same landscape that the earlier pioneers saw. Elevation ranges from 4,000 feet to 7,000 feet with scattered vegetation of saltbrush and sage brush providing habitat for the resident mule deer, prong horn antelope, wild horse and sage-grouse.
Recreational Opportunities

Fly canyon is a slot canyon that provides for a great dayhike, to traverse the entire canyon requires ropes and technical climbing skills. Other major canyons in the area provide for excellent dayhiking and backpacking opportunities as well. 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 of the High Rock Lake wilderness areaClick here for a map of the High Rock Lake Wilderness (931  Kb pdf).

Last updated: 05-14-2008