East Humboldt Wilderness

The East Humboldt Wilderness spans the East Humboldt Mountain Range and comprises 36,000 acres. The high ridgeline of mountains runs south from Wells, Nevada, to the Secret Pass.

Towering 5,000 feet above the sagebrush flats of eastern Nevada, the East Humboldt’s are “desert islands” alive with wildlife, alpine scenery, lake basins, streams, wildflowers, meadows, and stands of aspen and conifers. The highest point is Hole in the Mountain Peak (11,306 feet), which forms a large opening in the skyline.

Mule deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, coyotes, mountain lions, Himalayan Snow Cock, and small animals are common residents. Streams and lakes support brook, rainbow, and the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat trout.


Around 90 miles of trail can be accessed from several trailheads. The main trailheads are Angel Lake, Secret Starr trail, and Lizzies Basin. Access is mainly on improved dirt roads (4-wheel drive is required for Lizzies Basin), except for Angel Lake Road, which is a 12-mile paved route ending at Angel Lake.

Maps and trail information are available at the Jarbidge Ranger Station or Ruby Mountains Ranger Station.[Photo] View of Angel Lake from the East Humboldt Wilderness

Nearest Nevada Town: Wells

Special Information

Maximum Group: 75 persons

Permits: None Required