South Jackson Mountains Wilderness
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Photo of South Jackson Mountains wilderness area

The Wilderness is locatedin western Humboldt County, 56 miles west of Winnemucca, Nevada. Access to the Wilderness can be reached from Winnemucca by taking the Jungo Road west 35 miles to Bottle Creek Road, and then north along the bottle Creek Road to the Trout Creek Road. The Wilderness can also be reached by taking the Leonard Creek or Bottle Creek Roads south from Highway 140.  
The South Jackson Mountain Wilderness offers an abundance of panoramic views, from the top of the majestic King Lear Peak at 8,923 feet. Topography is characterized by steep-sided, sharp-crested ridges spotted with juniper, and Vee-shaped rocky canyons containing willow, cottonwood and sage brush. Wildlife of interests includes California bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lion, chukar and sage grouse. 
Recreational Opportunities

King Lear Peak is a popular peak to climb and requires some scrambling near the summit. The most common access to the peak is from McGill Canyon on the west side or from the wilderness boundary on the east side. 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 South Jackson Mountains wilderness areaClick here for a map of the South Jackson Mountains Wilderness (1.1 MB pdf).

Last updated: 05-14-2008