Get your solitude in large doses in the 82,000-acre Mt. Moriah Wilderness, a wildly remote land in the northern Snake Range that features alpine views, high-elevation mesas, and ancient forest—and you can see the best of it on this difficult 19-mile shuttle hike.
Begin following Hendrys Creek Trail through a stream canyon whose slopes are dotted with shrubs and pinyon pine. You’ll pass through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine, white fir, limber pine, and aspen before reaching bristlecone pines—one of the oldest living species on the planet—near 11,000 feet. Hike on to The Table, a sloping, windswept plateau, then leave the trail to take an unsigned, cairned spur 1.5 miles across the northeast face of 12,067-foot Mt. Moriah, where you’ll get uninterrupted vistas of Eastern Nevada’s canyons and summits. Return to the trail and scout for a meadow campsite (at about mile 9 on Hendrys Creek Trail). The next morning, follow the 8-mile Hampton Creek Trail down another trout-filled stream canyon to your car.
Info: Moderate to high clearance vehicles recommended for roads to trailheads. (775) 289-3031; www.fs.fed.us/htnf
Hike provided by Mike White, author of Backpacking Nevada Wilderness (Wilderness Press) and 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada (University of Nevada Press).
TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From US 50 E and Mill St. in Ely, NV, follow US 50 E for 57.5 miles. Turn left onto Silver Creek Rd. (becomes Gandy Rd. in Utah). In 10.6 miles, turn left onto Hendrys Creek Rd. Go 4 mi. to trailhead.
End: From US 50 E and Mill St. in Ely, NV, follow US 50 E for 57.5 miles. Turn left onto Silver Creek Rd. (becomes Gandy Rd. in Utah). In 14.8 miles, turn left onto Hampton Creek Rd. Follow dirt road 6.2 miles to trailhead.