Arc Dome is the highest point in the extensive and well-known Toiyabe mountain range in central Nevada. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in the central Great Basin, and can be seen from countless peaks in Nevada. Arc Dome is also one of the most popular peaks in the state, and for good reason. As the centerpiece of the Arc Dome Wilderness Area, it stands in state over several lush, alpine-like canyons which provide a stark contrast to the desert far below. Hundreds of dayhikers, backpackers, and outfitters take to the trails each year to wander amid this veritable island in the Great Basin (that still could mean less than one per day!). Not only is the peak itself a worthwhile adventure, but just traveling to it will cause the wayfarer to pass a plethora of fascinating & historical locales. Anyone not familiar with this neck of the woods is strongly advised to plan some extra time for sightseeing along the way.
While Arc Dome may be climbed in a day from the edge of the Wilderness Area, it is quite popular to make it an “overnighter” as camping high on the Toiyabe crest can be an unforgettable experience for the lover of the outdoors. The normal route consists of a decent trail which winds through stands of Aspen and Limber Pine before exiting onto a wide plateau overlooking thousands of square miles of scenery. After a mild downhill, the peak is climbed via switchbacks from the north. During clear days, even the Sierra may be glimpsed shimmering in the distance. When on top, one forgets the heat and dust of the desert below.