The South Egan Range Wilderness is a striking and rugged mountain spine running nearly the entire length of the White River Valley. Spectacular vistas give a sense of exhilaration as the landscape falls away dramatically to the valley floor, 4,000 feet below. Numerous riparian areas and pockets of quaking aspen serve to attract an abundant variety of wildlife species which include mule deer, elk, and a variety of upland game birds, such as sage grouse.
There are three routes (cherrystems) that provide access to the ridgeline toward the center of the Wilderness area. The West Parker Spring route (not suitable for full-sized vehicles) leads to the ridge and provides views of Mt. Wheeler to the east and over a number of mountain ranges to the west. Several springs feed small, intermittent creeks throughout the 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 South Egan Range Wilderness.
The South Egan Range Wilderness is located in the Egan Range in White Pine, Lincoln and Nye Counties approximately two miles west of Lund, Nevada. Access to the South Egan Range Wilderness Area from Ely is via Federal Highway 6 southbound approximately 20 miles to State Highway 318. State Route 318 parallels the western boundary of the wilderness area. There are a number of dirt roads that lead to the boundary off State Highway 318.
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.
Recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and hunting. Solitude can be found in any of the many small drainages and washes that run down from the ridgeline. A variety of trees also provide excellent cover throughout the range. See area management for regulations.
Safety and Current Conditions
Much of the central portion of the wilderness burned in the 2012 Egan Fire. Roads have washed out and may be impassible.
Contact the Ely District Office for current 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.