Currant Mountain Wilderness
Elevation: 6,200 – 11,513 feet
Currant Mountain Wilderness is located in Southwestern White Pine County, approximately 60 miles SW of Ely, Nevada.
Take Highway 6, 30 miles Southwest from Ely, Nevada. Turn Right at the White River Campground sign. Follow this road 11 miles to the dispersed campground. There are no formal trailheads established to date, but roads in the area offer limited access. Access can also be found on the west slope of the area near the Duckwater Indian Reservation in Railroad Valley.
The Currant Mountain Wilderness is comprised of extremely rugged terrain and its limited access provides for an optimum opportunity to experience the solitude that wilderness offers. The sheer up thrust of limestone from the basin to the 11,513’ summit of Currant Mountain is a challenge for even the hardiest of individuals. Sagebrush, pinyon pine, and juniper dot the lower elevations, transitioning to white fir, limber pine, and ancient bristle cone pine higher up. Portions of the area are important to upland game birds, especially partridge and grouse, and the northernmost herd of Desert bighorn sheep makes their home in this wilderness. Elk use the northeastern section, and mule deer are common. The southern section provides ideal habitat for raptors. The Monte Cristo Wild Horse and Burro Territory extends into the western section of the area, but wild horses are not frequently seen here. The Currant Mountain Wilderness lies within the Great Basin and Range physiographic province and is a part of the White Pine Mountain Range. Being a high desert type this area has few water sources, although the Wilderness serves as an important watershed for the communities of Preston, Lund, and Currant. The Currant Mountain Wilderness covers 47,357 acres, lies approximately 50 miles west of Ely in eastcentral Nevada, in White Pine and Nye Counties. The White Pine Research Natural Area (787 acres) established September 13, 1989, lies entirely with in this Wilderness.
Signs indicating “Wilderness” and “Closed Road” or “Closed Route” are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary.
Mechanized and motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness area.
Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed under state and local laws. Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times. Horses are permitted, however you may need to carry feed. Certified Weed Free Feed is required for all stock and pack stock on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.
Camping is permitted and limited to 14 days. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material. Live vegetation cannot be cut.
Please help preserve Nevada’s fragile environments, park your vehicle or set up camp in previously used sites,
minimize impacts by practicing Leave No Trace ethics.
Contact the Ely Ranger District Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.
USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
Indian Garden Mountain
White Pine Peak
Horse Track Spring
Ely Ranger District Office