Sheldon Wildlife Refuge NW Nevada
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jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Sheldon Wildlife Refuge NW Nevada on 11/19/2012 19:02:13 MST Print View

Anyone ever backpack in Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in NW Nevada?

I think I might get away from the rains in Western Oregon.

I talked to someone on phone and probably have enough info, but maybe someone else has something to add.

I think I'm going to start at Virgin Valley.

Maybe camp out at East Rock Spring a few nights - hike around to Big Mountain, Rock Spring Table, maybe South or West.

I wonder if East Rock Spring has any water?

Anything else in that area good to see?

Someone else I read about went from Catnip Reservoir, Little Catnip Spring, Catnip Mountain.

Hmmm... I wonder why they call it Catnip? Maybe Cougars?

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Backpacking Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on 11/20/2012 08:25:03 MST Print View

I backpacked through on my Desert Trail Hike. I thought it was really cool.

I followed the official route (Mexico to Canada) using a map I got from the Desert Trail Association.

The route runs from Cottonwood Spring to Bateman Spring over Wild Horse Pasture past East Rock Spring then follows the old road to Virgin Valley Campground. I found (and left after moving it off the jeep track) a spearhead on that road!

Pretty country. Hot springs showers at Virgin Valley Campground. Water and a good camp spot at East Rock Spring. Saw lots of antelope and wild horses. I think it was on Rock Springs Table that I saw the remains of an ancient Indian ambush site, where they'd built stone blinds to hide in while others chased game through a narrow gap in the rimrock. I saw the remains of a cougar kill, but you'd have to be lucky to see one. The Sheldon is a magical place for people who like the high desert. It's off the beaten path, for sure. A good place to wander and see what you see.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Backpacking Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on 11/20/2012 09:33:51 MST Print View

Thanks Buck - I think maybe I'll do that

A couple years ago I did a trip to Hart Mountain which was similar, but higher elevation so more snow

Is the hot spring at Virgin Valley just an undeveloped pool? or do you have to pay a concessioneer?

There was a hot spring at Hart Mountain that a number of people used - sort of "hippy" like

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: Re: Backpacking Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on 11/20/2012 12:09:42 MST Print View

The hot springs has a developed pool and a stone hot shower building, as well as picnic tables and camping. All free.

http://www.fws.gov/sheldonhartmtn/Sheldon/recreation.html