For a true back-to-nature escape, the Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area in Nevada’s vast Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is just right. The wilderness area sprawls more than 80,000 acres and is noted for a distinct lack of access. Both elements combine to make Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area ideal for solitude and an authentic wilderness experience.
In addition to the stunning 12,050-foot Mt. Moriah for which the wilderness area is named, there is another fantastic natural wonder in the region. Adjacent to the peak is a 1,000-acre plateau known as “The Table,” a distinctive area covered with sub-alpine vegetation that includes limber and ancient bristlecone pines. It’s a truly fascinating area to explore, though most of its regular visitors are the four-legged kind. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep make their home in the area and are a fantastic sight to see. Other residents include mule deer and a variety of game birds such as blue and sage grouse and chukar. The perennial streams found in Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area provide habitat for brook and rainbow trout as well as the Bonneville cutthroat.
With the prevalence of wildlife, hunting and fishing are the leading recreational activities in the region. Hiking and camping are also popular for those seeking a truly wild outdoor experience, as there are no appointed campsites in Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area and the roughly 50 trails are in primitive to fair condition. Explorers in the area may come across one of the area’s many interesting caves, some of which were used by early Native Indians.