The Granite Range is mountain range in northwestern Nevada. It overlooks the Black Rock and Smoke Creek desert basins. It is very steep and marked by distinctive granite cliffs, especially when seen from its south face, which overlooks the northern end of the Smoke Creek Desert. It extends northwest of Gerlach and Granite Peak (9056 ft.) is its highest peak. With about 5,000 feet of relief between basin and Granite Peak the “frontal facets are some of the highest found in the Great Basin.” Other peaks are Wagon Tire Mountain and Red Mountain.
The general northeast to southwest trend of the fault is intersected by three relatively short northerly facing "striking segment" steps that cut sharply on the main fault. According to James Faulds and Alan Ramelli, the westernmost step is the most "profound and marks the westernmost exposure of granitic metamorphic basement, which essentially corresponds to the western edge of the Granite Range.”
Major drainages include Cottonwood Creek, Clear Creek, Mountain Creek, Negro (yikes, is this true?!) Creek, and South Willow Creek, which forms the barrier between the range and the northeastern adjacent Calico Mountains.
The range can be accessed by a 4-wheel roads, including one climbing Cottonwood Creek, as well as hiking. It is a hunting area. Wildlife includes sage-grouse, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and much more. Nearest gas and supplies can be found in Gerlach. The Granite Range contains large ranches and has a long grazing tradition, including sheep and cattle. Planet X Pottery also abuts the range.
Note: the Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas lists as part of the Granite Range the mountains far to the north and bounded by South Willow Creek that are known as the Hog Ranch Mountains according to the USGS Geographic Names Information System.
Photos of the Granite Range
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