High Rock Canyon

Total Miles
64.1

Elevation

1,886.32 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Fall

Trail Overview

High Rock Canyon is a rugged, two-track trail following the canyon floor and crossing High Rock Creek multiple times. It is accessed from the east via NV-8 at NV-34. This trail connects on its eastern end with Soldier's Meadow, where there is camping and hot/cold springs. From Soldier's Meadow, you can continue north up through the Summit Lake Reservation and the North Black Rock Wilderness to Oregon's Alvord Playa and Steens Mountain, or turn south to explore the Black Rock Playa, which is home of the yearly Burning Man Festival. High clearance is advised and access is only viable during dry weather. Summer will be very hot and there is no potable water in the area. Fall is the best time to visit.

Photos of High Rock Canyon

High Rock Canyon
High Rock Canyon
High Rock Canyon

Difficulty

The 16 miles of the canyon itself is a fun two-track that crosses the creek multiple times. Washouts are common and the banks are continually changing.

History

The Indian trail through High Rock Canyon was first recorded by Captain John Fremont in 1844. The Applegate brothers guided emigrant wagon trains through the canyon on their way to Oregon's Willamette Valley. In 1849 and into the 1850's it was a well beaten path to the gold fields and towns of California.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Mark Gingery
May 31, 2024
4x4
Open
Stock 2008 Sequoia SR5 with Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT 275/70 r18 tires @20psi. Trail was dry except a few water crossings. Deepest was about 18". First one had an 18" drop in that was pretty tight side to side. Lots of loose rock and tight tracks due to sage overgrowth.
Brian Bianchini
Jul 16, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

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