Ice Plant, Ely
Ride through the back streets of old Ely and climb up into the pines, two track soon becomes single track, well maintained by local volunteers. At the top you have a choice of loops and routes back down. 17 miles of network trails provide an adventure for any mountain bike enthusiasts who enter.
Start near the High School and the water tank with the large Bobcat mural on it and head south on Bobcat Drive towards the college. On your right
as the road curves left towards the college you'll see a series of berms, jumps, and trails. Head into this spaghetti bowl and ride west towards the mountains on the quad width trail that runs along a small ditch.
Down the Tracks, Ely
A good fun quick ride available most of the year. Easily accessible for residents and visitors of Ely.
From Downtown Ely, head north towards the big mountain closest to Ely with the radio towers on the top of it. Cross the railroad tracks, follow the road right, and notice the quad-track on the right that climbs abruptly towards the cell-phone tower, this is the start of Down the Tracks.
Egan Crest Trail System, Ely
The Egan Crest Trail System provides recreationists with 24 miles of trails with a variety of terrain from the rolling sagebrush flats to the higher elevations in pinyon and juniper forests. The trails consist of single-track and signed two-track roads and are open to hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, motorcycles, and ATVs. Beautiful vistas await along the high points of the trail.
This is an official Bureau of Land Management trail system. Visitors will enjoy clearly marked trails, a manned kiosk at the trailhead, and picnic facilities. Water is not available.
From Ely go west on Hwy 50. In about 7.5 miles you'll see a sign for Egan Crest Recreation Area and some shade structures on your right, turn here and park at the trailhead.
Steptoe Creek Trail
Located just a few miles southwest of the Cave Lake State Park. The narrowness of the trail and the steeper side slope make this a bit more challenging, not a ton of climbing though. For a longer outing combine this with the Cave Creek Trail.
From Ely head south on Hwy 50/93 for 7 miles. Take a left and follow the signs to Cave Lake State Park. As you are driving up State Route 486 to Cave Lake State Park you will see a numer of turnouts on your right. Park at the last one before you get to the paved road that goes up to the actual lake. You'll see a wood sign in front of you for the Steptoe Creek Trail. Follow the trail, parallelling the road you just came up. When you get to the end either turn around and go back on the trail or hop onto the paved road to get back to your car that way.
Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park is home to a network of mountain bike trails of varying lengths and difficulties. Trail names include: Cave Creek Trail, Magic Trail Fairy Alternative, Main Loop, Overlook Trail, and Twisted Pine. Total distance of trails comes to 30 miles.
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Cave Lake State Park is eight miles south of Ely on U.S. 93, turning onto Success Summit road (State route 486) and continuing east for seven miles.
Ward Mountain Recreation Area
There are 20 miles of trails that meander through the sagebrush and pinyon-juniper forests of Ward Mountain. These trails are available for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and horses. Warming huts/rest shelters are available along these trails. This site is jointly administered by the BLM and the USFS. A developed campground and additional trails are located across the Highway at the US Forest Service administered recreation site.
The Ward Mountain Recreation Area provides four trail loops of various lengths: 20 miles total. It also provides picnic tables, shade structures, trash cans and restrooms at the trailhead. No potable water.
The BLM trailhead is approximately 6 miles south of Ely off Highway 6. When you reach the summit on US 6 take the spur road to the west to reach the North Trailhead. The South Trailhead managed by the U.S. Forest Service and accessed via the Ward Mountain Campground, is also located on US 6, and is marked with a sign.
Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
The recreation area is centrally located on the crest of the Snake Range with Great Basin National Park for a backdrop. A network of signed two-track roads allows hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and OHV enthusiasts a chance to explore some beautiful country and see some historic mining ruins. There are also three single-track trails that explore the unique rock formations near the campground. These trails are not open to motorized use.
The Sacramento Pass Recreation Area provides three trail loops of various lengths: 6.5 miles total. It also provides picnic tables, grills, shade structures, trash cans and restrooms at the trailhead. No potable water. Camping available in 10 sites with a 14-day limit.
The BLM trailhead is located along Highway 50 about 40 miles east of Ely or 15 miles west of the Utah border. Look for the sign on the south side of the Hwy.
Willow Patch Springs to Miller Basin Trail, Baker
The trail traverses Miller Basin and boasts spectacular views of Wheeler Peak, Mt. Moriah and the Schell Creek Range and also takes you through the ghost town of Black Horse, a turn-of-the-century mining camp.
Distance: 16 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,677'
Austin Mountain Bike Trail Network, Austin
The rocky, brush-covered hillsides surrounding the tiny mining town of Austin have become a playground for mountain bikers of all levels. Community members established most of the trails with the help of the U.S. Forest Service to create a series of trails for all skill levels.
American Discovery Trail
This trail is not a BLM designated route. It is a series of gravel roads and two tracks linked together in Nevada, largely on isolated, relatively unused dirt roads. Around 100 miles of the American Discovery Trail crosses through the Ely District from Baker, NV through the White Pine Range. Dispersed camping is allowed along the route. No potable water or facilities other than in designated campgrounds.
For more information, visit www.discoverytrail.org/states/nevada/index.html