Best Wild Places: Exploring the Blue Lakes (Day 3)

Deputy Editor Jay Cassell and Greg Moore (Trout Unlimited's communications specialist for TU's Sportsmen's Conservation Projects, spent three days with Jim Jeffress, TU's Nevada backcountry coordinator, exploring the Blue Lakes - Pine Forest Range in the far northwest corner of Nevada, close to the Oregon line. Here's the report from Day 2.

Blue Lakes are four alpine lakes in the Blue Lakes WSA. It's an 18-mile off-road drive to reach the parking area, followed by a mile-long mostly uphill hike.

They are incredibly beautiful, with little sign of man using the area. The Pine Forest Working Group's land-management proposals were unanimously approved by the Humboldt County Commission on October 18, so now it's up to Nevada's congressional delegation to take the proposal to Congress for official designation as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

The plan is to combine the Blue Lakes WSA with the Alder Creek WSA, add almost 1800 acres from area ranchers in exchange for land that they can use.