Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness
Located in the Dixie National Forest in Utah.
There is a network of over 151 miles of trails on and around the 50,000 acre Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. Elevations range from 6,000 to 10,365 feet at Signal Peak. The mountain is an intrusive rock outcrop which forms the Pine Valley Laccolith the largest in the United States.
The southern half of the area supports an excellent stand of virgin Englemann spruce. On the south edge of this unit, young stands of bristlecone pine are also found. The north half of the area is composed of stands of mixed spruce, subalpine fir, Douglas fir, and limber pine. Stands of large aspen are found throughout the area.
There are numerous meadows from one to fifty acres in size. The majority of the meadows are less than twenty five acres in size. The predominant vegetation is mat muhly, sub-alpine needlegrass, alpine timothy, dandelion, Perry clover, shrubby cinquifoil, yarrow, fleabane, snowberry, and serviceberry. These meadows support a large deer herd during the summer.
The Pine Valley Mountain, being a mountain island surrounded by desert, is more or less isolated from the Wasatch Range, which extents the entire length of the state. Because of this isolation, there are a number of sub-species of mammals that are on the Pine Valley Mountain. Among these are the Utina chipmunk, yellow-bellied marmot, and red squirrel. There are numerous blue grouse within the meadows and timber.
The climate of the area is characterized by warm days and cool nights in the summer. The precipitation pattern is snow during the winter months, October through March followed by a period of relatively dry months until middle of July. High intensity storms occur during July through September.
The scenic and aesthetic qualities of the Pine Valley Mountain are outstanding. There are vast areas of beautiful trees, beautiful lush meadows, and overlooks to view the Dixie Basin and Zion National Park. On clear days the mountain ranges of Arizona and eastern Utah are visible
For more information contact: The Dixie National Forest
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication