Volcanic-deposited sediments uplifted into a fault-block mountain range, now called Nevada's White Pine Range, which peaks at the 11,513-foot Currant Mountain near the center of the Wilderness. Sagebrush, pinion pine, and juniper dot the lower elevations, deferring to white fir, limber pine, and bristlecone pine higher up. Portions of the area are important to upland game birds, especially partridge, and sometimes to members of the northernmost herd of desert bighorn sheep. The southern section provides ideal habitat for raptors. Monte Cristo Wild Horse and Burro Territory extends into the western section of the area, but wild horses are not frequently seen here. Elk use the northeastern section, and mule deer are common. Extremely rugged terrain and limited access (especially from the east) make this an odds-on favorite for solitude in a Nevada Wilderness. The 10 miles or so of trail are in poor condition and receive light use. You'll find little to no water in this region. The Broom Canyon Trail enters on the western side, follows an old road for about 2.5 miles, and, although it disappears, probably provides the best access. Three acres of the Wilderness lie in the Ely District on BLM land.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Currant Mountain Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.