Tohakum Peak

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Tohakum Peak is located in the Lake Range.

Carlson states that Tohakum means hare or white rabbit.[1]

In 1877, a survey team occupied "Mount Tohakum". [2]

It is rumored that in the 1880's a prospector struck gold while working near Tohakum Peak and buried $250,000 of gold ore two miles northeast of the north tip of Pyramid Lake.[3][4][5]

In 2017, The Tohakum 2 fire burned at least 52,704 acres. On August 29, 2017 at 7:28 p.m., it started near mile marker 30 of Highway 447. 447 was closed until 7:30am on August 31, 2017.

The Tohakum2 fire is shown in this satellite image from dated September 1, 2017. In this image, the burn scar can be seen running north east from Pyramid Lake, crossing highway 447 and the Selenite Range.


  1. Helen S. Carlson, "Nevada Place Names," p. 3.
  2. Thomas W. Symons, Geo. M Wheeler ,"Annual Reports of the War Department, Part 3," p. 1536, United States War Department, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1878.
  3. "Nevada Legends: More Nevada Treasure Tales," retrieved 2017-Sep-01.
  4.]," retrieved 2017-Sep-01.
  5. Nevada - Washoe County Claim 00001," retrieved 2017-Sep-01.