mountain biking in austin nevada

Into mountain biking? Then, the rocky, brush-covered hillsides surrounding the tiny mining town of Austin should rocket to the top of your next Silver State adventure list. This area has become a playground for mountain bikers of all levels and, what’s more, community members established most of the trails with the help of the U.S. Forest Service to create a trail network designed for all skill levels. It is, one might say, a joint effort that benefits everyone involved.

Austin, Nevada may be tiny, but don’t let looks deceive you. This small town between Fallon and Eureka is the beating heart of a series of interconnected biking trails in the towering Toiyabe Range.

Biking Trails Near Austin, Nevada

From the beginner-friendly Castle Loop Trail to the advanced, 24-mile Crest Cut-Off trail, there’s something for bikers of every skill level to be found in this gorgeous area. For a closer look at the trails, visit the official Austin website here. Camping is also abundant in the area, thanks to the United States Forest Service, which operates the land found in the area. Learn more about where to stay here. Austin is 172 miles east of Carson City and Reno on U.S. 50.

Below are some of the most popular trails in the area:

Castle Loop Trail

Distance: 4.5 miles round trip

Difficulty: Beginner

Elevation Gain: 400′

Cahill Canyon Run

Distance:11.5 miles round trip

Difficulty: Intermediate

Elevation Gain: 1,600′

Pony Express Loop

Distance: 10 miles round trip

Difficulty: Intermediate

Elevation Gain: 1,000′

Bob Scott Slide

Distance: 8.5 miles

Difficulty: Advanced

Elevation Gain: 1,000′

Gold Venture Loop

Distance: 27.5 miles

Difficulty: Advanced

Elevation Gain: 4,500′

Crest Cut-Off

Distance: 24 miles

Difficulty: All levels

Elevation Gain: 5,000′

Pony Canyon

Distance: 1 mile, downhill only

Difficulty: Advanced

Elevation Loss: 2,500′

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North Central, Nevada




North Central