OverviewRising high above the Great Basin desert, Currant Mountain ranks as one of central Nevada's highest and most impressive mountains. It is the highest point in the White Pine Mountains, and is located about 45 miles southwest of Ely. It is also located in the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest, and the Currant Mountain Wilderness Area. The lonely US Highway 6 crosses the White Pine Mountains at Currant Summit.
Currant Mountain lives a quiet existence in the vast Great Basin wilderness. Located far off the beaten path, this remote area has no trails and few roads. Although Currant Mountain is a tall and dominating landmark, it seems to attract little attention. The mountainous terrain of central Nevada tends to make even big mountains fade away into insignificance against the desert landscape. However, the new field of Prominence has made Currant Mountain a more important mountain. With a prominence of 4,575', it makes an impressive appearance on the crowded Nevada Prominence Map.
The sheer, imposing, white limestone cliffs on the east face of Currant Mountain rise abruptly from the surrounding terrain, and can be seen for many miles around. The sharp spine of the White Pine range crest extends for miles, and narrows to a knife-edge in places. Ancient Bristlecone Pines cling to life in this harsh terrain, and small bands of Bighorn sheep live within the security of this rock fortress. Without a single mining claim, and no livestock grazing, the Currant Mountain Wilderness is one of the few areas left with no real conflicts. This makes for a true wilderness experience for those willing to venture off the beaten path.
Getting ThereFrom Ely, drive southwest on US 6 for about 26 miles. Turn right onto County Road 1163, and drive about eight miles to the White River Campground. This would be a good place to camp. About a mile past the campground, turn left onto County Road 1164, and start heading south. About a mile and a half past the junction, turn right onto an unmarked primitive road. The first part of the road follows a wash, and it's rough. If you can get past the wash, the road gets better. The road switchbacks west up the hill for a mile, then heads north, but you should park somewhere in this general vicinity.
Mountain ConditionsContact the Ely Ranger District at 775-289-3031 for the latest information.
Forest Service Map: Humboldt National Forest (Ely Ranger District West Half).
Topo Maps: Currant Mountain; Horse Track Spring.
CampingThe White River Forest Service Campground is located just east of Currant Mountain.
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