The vast public lands in western Nevada are an unexplored paradise, with literally hundreds of miles of off-road riding. These climbs require skill and endurance. Best for cool weather riding, this trail network includes the Carson River, Pine Grove and Walker River trails.
Type: Mountain biking
Getting there:The North Yerington Trails are 15 miles north of town off U.S. Alt. 95. Park for the trails at Fort Churchill State Historic Park (day fee) or at the Carson River Ranch entrance.
Carson River Trails
This ride along the maintained dirt road is flat and offers high desert scenery with mountains to the south and a large alkali flat to the north. At the end of the primary dirt road is a series of jeep roads adjoining several older jeep loops. To travel along the Carson River drainage, take the first road to the northeast. This road can be ridden to the Lahontan State Recreation Area.
Distance:20 miles round trip
Trailhead: To access these trails, ride along U.S. Alt. 95 from Fort Churchill or park at the trailhead area.
Difficulty:Road and loops - intermediate to advanced; River - intermediate
Pine Grove Trails
The road is suitable for low clearance vehicles and can get you to other great low-level trails. Upper trails are demanding but offer great views and access to historic mining sites.
Distance: Road: 18 miles round trip; Upper trails : 8 to 10-mile loops
Trailhead:10 miles south of Yerington off State Route 208. Park after the gate or drive to Pine Grove on Forest Service Rd. No. 059.
Elevation Gain: Road:limited; Upper trails: 1,600'
Difficulty:Intermediate to advanced
Walker River Trails
These motorcycle trails in the hills are used by both mountain bikers and off-highway vehicles and are accessed by a network of flat rides. The downhill whoop-de-doos in these hills are a blast, but the climbs require skill.
Trailhead: Park at the rest area off State Route 208. Trails are across the river.
Elevation Gain: Flats: none; Hills: 300'