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2018-02-17  
Weepah Springs Wilderness, NV
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Weepah Springs Wilderness, NV 
Weepah Springs Wilderness, NV
 
Backpack avatar Feb 17 2018
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Backpack10.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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The Weepah Springs Wilderness is a relatively large (~51,000 acres) BLM Wilderness Area located a couple hours north of Las Vegas, NV. Made the resolution to average one backpack trip per month in 2018. A bit difficult up here in Northern Nevada since it can be quite cold during the winter months.

For February we decided on the Weepah Springs Wilderness, which boasts an 8,000+ foot peak, the largest Ponderosa Pine stand in Eastern Nevada, volcanic hoodoos, and loads of rock art. There are no trails and very few visitors to the interior of the Wilderness, though some automobiles take a short jaunt up to some of the dirt roads to see easily accessible petroglyphs panels just inside the Wilderness boundary. Rather than braving the cold and heading up to the high country, we decided to stick to the lowlands and canyons on the Southwestern side of the Wilderness Area. We started at a parking area about a mile or two off of Highway 318.

From there we headed up the major drainage on the South Side of the Wilderness area, taking our time to scope out rock formations that looked promising for petroglyph panels. After about 1.5 miles we turned right and started hiking up an interesting looking side canyon. This canyon had high walls and an opportunity for rock scrambling. We traveled all of the way up this canyon and were met by a dry fall that was about 7-8 feet high. This was really tough to navigate but we managed by pushing/pulling each other up and over the dry fall and handing packs up. After this dry fall a fairly easy scramble takes you out of the canyon and into the wash above it which feeds it. Here we were in open sage brush with an occasional Pinyon Pine and Juniper. We stuck to the wash until we noticed some interesting Hoodoos and headed up into the hoodoos to explore and camp for the night. We spooked an owl that was hanging in a Pinyon Pine. We heard this owl at night, hooting away in the hoodoos.

In the morning we headed West over some sage covered hills and into the same drainage we started in the first day. From here the hike was mainly through sagebrush. There are some good views to the Northwest of the high point of the Wilderness. This area is heavily grazed as shown by an abundance of cow patties in this area. We also found an impressive skull of a bull with a large set of horns. This wash/drainage eventually takes us back past the canyon we ventured up yesterday and then to the vehicle. Of course, we took our time on the way back looking for rock art along the way.

This is a nice Wilderness Area, very few visitors and some awesome stuff. We will likely be back in the Spring for a trip to the high country to visit the huge Ponderosa stand and summit the high point of the range. No water in this Wilderness to speak of, so bring all your water for any trips into the Wilderness.
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