Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness


Looking west from Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness
A western view from Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness
Looking into the mouth of Little High Rock Canyon in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness contains some 48,353 acres wedged into the volcanic uplands between High Rock Canyon Wilderness to the north and High Rock Lake Wilderness to the east. This area contains the deeply cut drainages of McConnell and Little High Rock Canyons.

Elevations in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness rise from about 5,000' to the summit of Mahogany Peak at 6,940'. Although there is enough water flowing in the canyon bottoms to support some willows and some stands of chokecherry in addition to small riparian areas and meadow complexes, the primary vegetation in the area is sagebrush.

While hiking around you may come across pronghorn antelope, mule deer, California bighorn sheep, coyote, mountain lion and sage grouse. You'll probably also find lots of raptors nesting high in the canyon walls.

Most folks access the Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness from Washoe County Road 34 and the High Rock Lake Road. The intersection of those two roads is about 60 miles southeast of Cedarville, California and about 50 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada.

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness is part of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.

BLM Map of the Area - 300 KB.

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness map
Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness area map
Upper photo courtesy of Kurt Kuznicki, BLM, CCA 2.0 License
Upper left photo and map courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management