High Rock Canyon
"Three hours and 14 minutes later I find myself at Marker 149 ... or, what's supposed to be its "site." Not a single stub of a post ... not a single depression! And this was no walk in the park. I doubt any hints remain of what used to be here. "When," I get back I'll have quite a bit of coding to do. All I know now is it's time to set up camp, in grave disappointment. But, at least I won't be expecting any company tonight. Maybe that's enough reason for any gravel in our travel." -- Journal Entry, June 2009
Original Date Visited: 6/21/09
Last Confirmed: 6/3/13
Currently Missing -- Last Seen: May 2003
On our "conquering" in 2009, we noted the distance without a single diversion to insure the exact mileage is correct as listed above. Once leaving the security of Gerlach, anybody new to the region will be immediately taken away by the area's sudden loneliness. What makes #149 such a challenge to conquer are the complete lack of services, gasoline, and cell phone coverage immediately upon leaving Gerlach, Winnemucca, or Cedarville - depending on which direction you are coming from. To confirm this marker's absence, we actually made a "quick" sidetrip for this road junction after conquering  -- Camp McGarry in 2013. As expected, the "short" 1.5 hour detour proved fruitless as we approached the empty junction with still no marker in sight. Due to its isolation factor, it's highly doubtful this one will be replaced again, with the exception that perhaps the SHPO will re-locate it at much more "civilized" area such as Gerlach or the end of pavement of County Route 34. As such, I need to advise all marker hunters to be prepared by taking all the regular precautions for lonely desert travel. Perhaps this addage applies better to this area than anywhere else in Nevada: You are on your own ... as is this marker!
The presence of man from 3,000 B.C. to the gold-rush days is recorded on high canyon walls. Prehistoric man left his rockshelters, campsites, and petroglyphs in this historically rich, remote, volcanic area.
Northern Paiute Indians roamed these lands when John C. Fremont first journeyed through high rock canyon in 1843. The Applegate brothers blazed their trail from Oregon through the canyon to the Humboldt River in 1846. Peter Lassen partially followed this route in 1848, and gold seekers crowded the trail in 1849.
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