The Far South Egans Wilderness consists primarily of an extremely rugged portion of the Egan Range. A mountain range not quite ready to surrender, the Egan Range dramatically ascends from about 5,800 feet to 9,823 feet to form the spectacular limestone cliffs with multicolored strata. The area includes an unusual and scenic intermixed Ponderosa and Bristlecone pine forest.
The east side of the Egan Range is less rugged and supports a dense cover of woodlands (pinyon and juniper). Large stands of ponderosa exist at higher elevations (7,000 feet). Mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and raptors such as golden eagles and ferruginous hawks are among numerous wildlife species found in the mountains of the Far South Egans Wilderness.
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 Far South Egans Wilderness.
The Far South Egans Wilderness is located in east-central Nevada within Lincoln and Nye Counties. It lies fifty miles south of Ely, 200 miles North of Las Vegas, along the eastern side of U.S. Highway 318.
Access to this wilderness from Ely, Nevada is on Federal Highway 6 westbound approximately 23 miles. Then southbound on State Highway 318, through the town of Lund, approximately 38 miles to Shingle Pass Road, which will take you across the norhtern boundary of the 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.
Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 - Public law 108-424 (11/30/2004) To establish wilderness areas, promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for the high quality development in Lincoln County, Nevada, and for other purposes.
This wild, untrammeled setting provides many excellent opportunities for recreation. Hiking, camping and backpacking are demanding because of the terrain, but very rewarding and pleasurable because of the area’s special features (bristlecone and ponderosa pines, an abandoned historic sawmill, high scenic values) and because of the impression that the many hidden places of the area have never before been visited. The exhilaration of discovery extends into the mountains themselves, with spelunking into Whipple Cave. Located in the northwest portion of the wilderness area, Whipple Cave provides 1,000 feet of known passage. Cave decorations include rimstone dams, draperies, and a huge column over thirty feet tall. Passage through the cave’s double sink entrance requires a technical 70-foot descent. The cave has sustained regular use, but because of the difficulty of entrance, use has been relatively light and the cave remains in a very natural state.
Technical rock climbers may find challenge all along the western side of the wilderness. Numerous rock outcrops and cliffs provide opportunities for a wide range of rock climbing. All of these recreational opportunities are available in an area where solitude is a guaranteed quality.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact Bureau of Land Management, Ely District Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.
Want to Volunteer for Wilderness?
Citizens who volunteer their time to steward our wilderness areas are an essential part of wilderness management. Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities.