Alta Toquima Wilderness

[Photo] Pine Creek in the Alta Toquima Wilderness

The Alta Toquima Wilderness is located within the Toquima Mountain Range in Central Nevada. This Wilderness Area hosts the tallest peak in Central Nevada, Mount Jefferson, 11,900 feet. The Atla Toquima Wilderness contains one of the most beautiful destinations in Central Nevada, Pine Creek.

Backpackers and stock users alike can enjoy thick groves of aspen and lush riparian areas along the trail at lower elevations and above 9,000 feet. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Monitor Valley and the snow covered peaks (sometimes through July) of Mount Jefferson.

Near the summit visitors can experience a very exposed environment with limited cover. Encompassing the highest points of this range is the Mount Jefferson Research Natural Area (RNA: Forest lands that are permanently protected as baseline areas). The Mount Jefferson Research Natural Area is one of the countries most unique environments due to its extreme conditions.

Wildlife is plentiful in the area with bighorn sheep, deer, grouse, chukar and native trout.


Alta Toquima’s main access is from several locations on the eastern side of Toquima Range, with limited access from Smoky Valley. The nearest trailheads of Pine Creek and Pasco Canyon are located along the old Austin Belmont stage coach route, now BLM route 82. Access is also available from Moores Creek located along Alta Toquima Range Road, Forest Road 008.

Maps and trail information are available from the Ranger Stations in Austin and Tonopah.

Nearest Nevada Towns: Austin and Tonopah

Special Information

Maximum Group Sizes: 15 people and 25 head of stock

Permits: None Required.