Humboldt Range

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Humboldt Range
view of north-half of Humboldt Range
(facing due-NNE)
Highest point
PeakStar Peak, (north-range)-massif
Elevation9,836 ft (2,998 m)
Coordinates40°31′10″N 118°10′50″W / 40.51935°N 118.18042°W / 40.51935; -118.18042
Humboldt Range is located in Nevada
Humboldt Range
Humboldt Range (at Fourth of July Flat) in Nevada
CountryUnited States
CommunitiesMill City, Imlay, Unionville, Oreana and Rochester (site)
Range coordinates40°25′03″N 118°09′55″W / 40.41750°N 118.16528°W / 40.41750; -118.16528Coordinates: 40°25′03″N 118°09′55″W / 40.41750°N 118.16528°W / 40.41750; -118.16528
Borders onHumboldt River and Rye Patch Reservoir

The Humboldt Range is a largely north-south running range of mountains in northwest Nevada, USA, that extend from the town of Imlay in the north to the junction with the West Humboldt Range in the south. It is bordered continuously by Interstate 80 and the Humboldt River, largely expanded in the form of the Rye Patch Reservoir in this area, on the west side and by a long and fairly broad Buena Vista Valley to the east, in a typical basin-and-range pattern. The Humboldts are ostensibly visible to travelers along Interstate 80, especially with respect to the highest point of the range, Star Peak, which with a quite nicely defined tip reaches an elevation of 9,836 feet (2,998 m), located in the center of the north range section.[1] The midpoint of the range is in the area of Fourth of July Flat.[2] The Humboldt Range is also noteworthy for having a famous historical town at its base on the eastern side called Unionville,[citation needed] which, for a brief period, was home to Samuel Clemens. Another historical site, now a ghost town, nearby is called Star City. Unlike some ranges in the vicinity, the substantial height of the Humboldts allows for a number of continuously flowing watersheds, and hiking the terrain is a somewhat noted activity.

View of the Humboldt Range from SR 400


  1. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 28, 36.
  2. ^ DeLorme Atlas, p. 36.

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