Mount Jefferson Loop

Austin, Nevada 89310

Mount Jefferson Loop

Mount Jefferson Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The seldom-seen topography in the Alta Toquima Wilderness has much to offer both the casual recreationist and the serious nature lover. Beginning in juniper-pinyon pine woodland, hikers quickly encounter lush riparian foliage along the lower reaches of tumbling Pine Creek. Aspens and limber pines are dominant on the upper slopes of the canyon, until desert-alpine vegetation takes over at the summit of Mt. Jefferson. Nearing the crest, the Pine Creek Trail intersects the Mt. Jefferson Trail, which runs north-south along the crest of the triple-summited massif.

The gentle topography along the plateau allows for easy hiking, and the low-growing, alpine vegetation permits excellent vistas from one horizon to the other. The route eventually leaves the crest to descend into remote Bucks Canyon before cresting over a saddle and returning to Pine Creek. Although discernible trail is lacking over parts of the route, the cross-country hiking is not particularly difficult."

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Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A two-or three-day trail and cross-country backpack trip over the top of Mount Jefferson, in the Toquima Range. Four miles of this hike traverses 11,500-foot plus Mount Jefferson plateau. The summit plateau is treeless, and there is no shelter from high wind or bad weather. Be prepared for windy, cold conditions; if you plan to camp on the summit plateau, make certain you have a good tent."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,475 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 - 3 days
Usually open mid-June to mid-October; best late June to July
Austin Ranger District, Alta Toquima Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Pine Creek Ranch, Mount Jefferson
Local Maps