Scenic USA - Nevada

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White Mountains

Photo by Gary O'Toole
Old Western Photography

     Nevada, meaning snow-capped in Spanish, seems very appropriate for this White Mountains scene. Know as the most mountainous state in the Lower 48, Nevada is mostly desert, lying in the rain shadows of some of the tallest peaks in the Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range. Here on the border with California, the White Mountains are a triangular shaped fault block range. Located east of California's Owens Valley, the White Mountains are locked in by the Excelsior Mountains to the north, and the Silver Peak Range to the south.
     Boundary Peak, the tallest of all the Nevada mountain peaks, lends its name to the Boundary Peak Wilderness located in the White Mountains. Dwarfed by the size of the seventh largest state in the Union, the remote Boundary Peak Wilderness covers a mere 10,000 acres. Rising up from the Columbus Salt Marsh in the east, these granite mountain slopes are home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, marmots and wild horses. With its sparse precipitation, sub alpine forests cover the slopes in bristlecone pines, limber pines and small remnants of lodgepole, Ponderosa, and Jeffery pines.
     All in all, the White Mountains are a pretty impressive range, topped by the third tallest mountain in California, White Mountain Peak (14,252 feet in elevation). To the north, six more summits reach 13,000 feet, with Boundary Peak heading the prow of this triangular shaped mountain range.


 

 

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