Virginia Mountains

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Virginia Mountains
Virginia Mountains is located in Nevada
Virginia Mountains
location of the Virginia Mountains in Nevada
Highest point
Peak Tule Peak
Elevation 2,659 m (8,724 ft)
Country United States
State Nevada
District Washoe County
Range coordinates 39°58.6′N 119°44.7′W / 39.9767°N 119.7450°W / 39.9767; -119.7450Coordinates: 39°58.6′N 119°44.7′W / 39.9767°N 119.7450°W / 39.9767; -119.7450
Topo map USGS Tule Peak
and Pyramid SW
7.5 minute quads

The Virginia Mountains is an irregular mountain range entirely in Washoe County, Nevada, that generally extends north-northwest to south-southeast for 22 miles (35 km).[1][2]

NASA Landsat view of the Virginia Mountains and surrounding area

The range is bordered by Astor Pass and Terraced Hills to the north, Pyramid Lake to the east, Mullen Pass and the Pah Rah Range to the south and Honey Lake Valley, Winnemucca Valley and Dogskin Mountain on the west. The eastern portion along Pyramid Lake is within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation.[1][2]

The highest summit is Tule Peak 8,724 feet (2,659 m)[3] and notable features include Needle Rock, the "Monkey Condos", the Painted Hills, and Mahogany Flat (7,800 ft (2,400 m)) near the center of the range.

The town of Sutcliffe lies on shore of Pyramid Lake adjacent to the range. Nevada State Route 445 runs along the east side of the range along the shore of Pyramid Lake and continues to southwest through Mullen Pass between the Virginia Mountains and the Pah Rah Range to the southeast.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Reno, NV 30x60 topographic quad., USGS, 1980
  2. ^ a b c Kumiva Peak, NV 30x60 topographic quad., USGS, 1984
  3. ^ Tule Creek, Nevada, 7.5 minute topographic quad., USGS, 1980