Desert Trail High Rock Canyon Section

Gerlach, Nevada 89412

Desert Trail High Rock Canyon Section

Desert Trail: High Rock Canyon Section Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A multi-day backpack trip along a major section of the proposed National Scenic Desert Trail through the historic High Rock Canyon area. The Desert Trail is not a constructed trail or clearly defined path. Usually it is a corridor without specific borders through which you may pass, choosing your own route.

The purpose is to avoid leaving a beaten path by minimizing your impact on fragile soils and vegetation. The trail in High Rock Canyon follows a road, while the northern part of the trail follows both roads and Cottonwood Creek. You must have the USGS topographic maps and a compass to do this hike."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 5 days
Best in Spring and Fall
Desert Trail Association, PO Box 34, Madras, OR 97741; no phone. Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District Office, 5100 West Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; (775) 623-1500;
Local Contacts
USGS topo map: High Rock Lake, Mahogany Mtn, Yellow Hills East, Yellow Hills West, and Badger Mtn SE
Local Maps