North Black Range Wilderness
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Photo taken in the North Black Rock Range Wilderness area

The wilderness is located in western Humboldt County, 50 miles from Gerlach along the Soldier Meadows Road, which forms the western boundary of the Wilderness. Accessing the northern and eastern boundaries requires driving on extremely steep and rough routes.
The North Black Rock Range Wilderness contains cliffs of volcanic tuffs of unique colors and forms that over look Summit Lake to the west. Twenty thousand years ago these cliffs and the lake itself were created from the Summit Lake landslide. Elevations in this wilderness range from 4,800 to 8,400 feet. Deep valleys with aspen, cottonwood and willow make for a diverse riparian habitat in Coleman and Battle Creeks which support reintroduced populations of the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. The headwaters of Colman Creek also contain interesting rock formations and several small waterfalls Other wildlife in the area includes California big horn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, wild horse, chukar and sage-grouse.
Recreational Opportunities

Coleman Creek and other canyons in the area provide for excellent dayhiking and backpacking opportunities. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are possible during the winter. Hunting for deer, antelope 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 North Black Rock Range wilderness areaClick here for a map of the North Jackson Wilderness (979 Kb pdf).

Last updated: 05-14-2008