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Guide to Calif & Nevada: Toiyabe Forest

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest land covered here is located in the state of California near Lake Tahoe and in the state of Nevada near Las Vegas.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
775-331-6444

Nearby cities & towns:

Las Vegas NV
Mount Charleston NV
Bodie Ghost Town CA
Bridgeport CA
Hope Valley CA
Lee Vining CA
Markleeville CA
Myers CA
South Lake Tahoe CA
Twin Lakes CA
Walker CA

Mount Charleston, NV

Right over the hill from Las Vegas is a whole different world. Pine trees, log cabins & granite peaks are less than an hours drive form the Strip. Wild Horses, Burros & Elk can be seen roaming these wilderness lands on any given day. Some of the ancient Bristlecone Pine trees can also be found up on this range. Many Vegas locals escape to this destination during scorching summer months.

Several great resorts offer lodging and dining. There are also several campgrounds available with some primitive spots nearby.


Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Hwy. 156
702/385-2754

Lee Canyon Ski Area
702/872-5462
702/593-9500

local lodging

Backpacking

  • Mt. Charleston - convenient & close to Las Vegas
  • fire permits are required
  • permits are required for overnight back country camping
  • check with the correct ranger district for all back country camping restrictions
  • loop trails are also available

Ranger Stations:

Forest Hdqrts.
Sparks, NV
775/331-6444
Bridgeport Distr.
Bridgeport, CA
760/932-7070
Carson Distr.
Carson, NV
775/882-2766
Spring Mountain
Recreation Area
Las Vegas, NV
702/515-5400
Humboldt Toiyabe NF
government web site

Tahoe Mdws to Tahoe Rim Trail

Mount Rose Wildeness access via these trailheads:

  • Hunter Creek
  • Thomas Creek
  • Whites Creek
  • Mount Rose

Backroads

Many dirt back roads open for high clearance vehicles. The Bridgeport District has a lot more to offer for SUV back country scenery & access with an SUV, than the Vegas area. Plenty of dirt roads lead to great dispersed camping.

The Road to Joy

Toiyabe Campgrounds

Bridgeport, CA seasonal closures, check with Rangers

campground elev. spots
veg toilet water
Chris Flat 6600' 15 pines pit piped fish, Hwy 395
Desert Creek 6300' 13 pines vault yes .
Green Creek 7500' 11 pines none yes .
Kit Carson 6600' 12 pines pit piped fish, Hwy 88
Leavitt Mdws. 7000' 16 pines pit piped fish, hike, Hwy 395
Lower Twin Lake 7000' 15 pines flush piped fish, hike, Hwy 395
Obsidian 7000' 14 pines vault no fish, hike, Hwy 395
Paha 7000' 22 pines vault no fish, hike, Hwy 395
Sonora Bridge 6800' 23 pines yes piped fish

Carson Ranger Distr. seasonal closures, check with Rangers

campground elev. spots
veg toilet water
Crystal Springs 6000' 20 pines vault piped fish, Hwy 88; reservations
Hope Valley 7300' 20 pines pit piped fish, Blue Lks Rd; reservations
Lookout 6700' 22 pines pit piped resv., Old Dog Valley Rd
Hunting Camp #2 6400' - pines - - closed in snow
Hunting Camp #4 6400' - pines - - open all year; no fee
Markleeville 5500' 10 pines vault piped fish, hot springs; reservations
Mt.Rose 8900' 24 pines - - open summer only
Silver Creek 6800' 12 pines yes piped fish; reservations
Snowshoe Springs 6000' 13 pines vault piped fish, Hwy 88; reservations

Las Vegas / Spring Mountain Recreation Area
seasonal closures, check with Rangers

campground elev. spots
veg toilet water
Mt Charleston 6000' 30+ pines flu/vau - NV Hwys 156, 157, 158
ski, hike
Dolomite 6000' 31 pines flush - ski
Fletcher View 6000' 11 pines vault - hike, Hwy 157
Hilltop 6000' 31 pines showers - hike, Hwy 158
Kyle Canyon 6000' 19 pines vault - ski, hike, Hwy 157
McWilliams 6000' 31 pines flush - hike, Hwy 158 near ski area



Primitive Camping & Remote Camp Areas

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Areas for dispersed camping. Grab a NFS map or dirt road atlas & start exploring. Many dirt back roads open for high clearance vehicles. The Bridgeport District has a lot more to offer for SUV back country scenery & access with an SUV, than the Vegas area. Contact the local rangers for specific info on back road travel.

The lower elevations of the Toiyabe National Forest, on the way up the mountain are scattered with Joshua Trees. A few dirt roads lead to nice picnic spots.

Lakes Toiyabe NF

  • Bridgeport Reservoir, Marina & RV Camp
  • Green Lake (Hoover Wilderness hike)
  • Lundy Lake
  • Mono Lake
  • Topaz Lake
  • Twin Lakes (Bridgeport)
  • Virginia Lakes

  • Waterfalls Sonora Pass

  • Sardine Falls
  • Leavitt Falls

  • Hiking and Climbing near Las Vegas NV

    Nearby Red Rock Canyon Park

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