One of Nevada's Tallest Peaks
Towering as a back drop to Walker Lake on the southwestern side, Mount Grant stands at an elevation of 11,270' (3435.096 m) and is one of the 25 tallest peaks in Nevada.
Located in west-central Nevada, the picturesque Mount Grant is the highest point on the Wassuk Range. After 9/11, access to the public was restricted and Mount Grant has been used predominately for military operations.
Standing above piñon treeline, the higher elevations of Mount Grant are covered in snow during the winter months and support various high altitude conifers.
During the short summers, native grass and wildflowers thrive in the various micro-climates along the slopes and in the meadows.
With its abundant water sources, Mount Grant is home to a number of wildlife including the Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Cougar and Black Bear.
On a clear day at Mount Grant, you can see for approximately 130 miles. However the weather can be subject to violent and fast changes with systems moving in from the east, north and west. Strong winds, reaching gale force are as common as the clear blue skies.
Walker Lake lies on the lee side of Mount Grant and covers approximately 50.3 mi² (130 km²). Walker Lake is a natural high desert lake, fed by the Walker River and was once a remnant of the prehistoric Lake Lahontan that covered most of the western U.S. during the Ice Age.
The summit of Mount Grant is a sharp ridge of 3rd. Class talus, stretching for several hundred meters.
Mount Grant with its natural streams, cottonwoods, plentiful vegetation and wildlife is a sacred area to the Walker River Paiute Tribe.
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