High Rock Lake Wilderness

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Coordinates: 41°12′53.629″N 119°13′19.665″W / 41.21489694°N 119.22212917°W / 41.21489694; -119.22212917
High Rock Lake
Wilderness
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BLM map of the Black Rock-High Rock NCA and 10 wilderness areas including High Rock Lake Wilderness
Country United States
State Nevada
Region Black Rock Desert
Location Humboldt County
 - elevation 1,852 m (6,076 ft)
 - coordinates 41°12′53.629″N 119°13′19.665″W / 41.21489694°N 119.22212917°W / 41.21489694; -119.22212917
Founded 2000
Date December 21
Management Bureau of Land Management
For public Open to the public. BLM wilderness rules apply – mechanized travel prohibited.
Timezone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Topo map USGS Wagner Springs
location of High Rock Lake Wilderness in Nevada[1]

The High Rock Lake Wilderness is a wilderness area in Nevada containing the northern portion of the Calico Mountains. High Rock Lake, for which the wilderness was named, was created about 11,800 years ago after a large rockslide closed the outlet (Box Canyon) to High Rock and Little High Rock Canyons. This new outlet (Fly Canyon) cut a narrow canyon that empties at Soldier Meadows. One special geological feature in Fly Canyon is the potholes. The potholes were carved by whirlpool action of sand and gravel in the stream. Another unique feature is the Fly Slide where emigrants lowered their wagons with ropes into Fly Canyon portion of the Applegate-Lassen Trail. Elevations in the wilderness range from 4,000 to 7,660 ft (1,220 to 2,330 m) with scattered vegetation of saltbrush and sagebrush.[1]

The wilderness area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.[2]

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