Inyo National Forest

Boundary Peak Wilderness

Located on the eastern slope of the White Mountains, the Boundary Peak Wilderness lies entirely within Nevada. This area is characterized by extremely steep slopes dissected by narrow canyons. Boundary Peak is the highest point in Nevada at 13,140 feet. Vegetation in this wilderness consists of pinon-juniper at lower elevations, various riparian species in the canyon bottoms, and scattered bristlecone pines at higher elevations. This is a trail-less wilderness with a high degree of solitude.

Attractions - This small, remote wilderness area is an ideal spot to find backcountry peace and solitude. Backpacking is the primary recreational opportunity in the Boundary Peaks area.

Recreation - Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking are enjoyed on this wilderness area.

Climate - Deep snow often covers the middle elevations from December to May, but subzero temperatures are rare. Precipitation falls mostly between January and mid-May, but thunderstorms, rain and even snow can occur at any time of year.

Temperatures vary with elevation. In the summer, daytime temperatures often exceed 100 degrees F in the foothills, but seldom exceed 90 degrees at higher elevations. Even in the summer, backpackers in the high country can encounter nighttime temperatures in the low 30's, and occasionally even in the 20's. In any season, it is wise to bring clothing that can be "layered". Always include some kind of rain gear.


Boundary Peak Wilderness is located to the east of Mono Lake in the Inyo National Forest and just east of Benton Hot Springs and the junction of US Hwy. 6 with State Hwy. 120. This wilderness lies entirely within the borders of the State of Nevada.