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The name itself is a challenge to the die-hard mountain biker, and the reality
doesnít disappoint. The Bloody Shins Trail, the first developed in the Winnemucca
Mountain Bike Trail System, runs seven to seventeen arduous miles. The trailhead
can be found right on the edge of town, which is supremely convenient for
residents and visitors alike. The track is divided into beginner, intermediate and
advanced grades, all of which are clearly marked, so novice riders shouldnít be
scared off. The surfaces of each loop on the trail are comprised of dirt roads, two
tracks and single tracks, and mini cattleguards have been installed, so thereís no
need for bikers to open or close gates. The beginner trail starts at an elevation of
4,570 feet and tops out at 4,820 feet after a fairly easy but certainly enjoyable
ride. The intermediate 12-mile track rises 1,000 feet and wonít be forgotten
quickly. But itís the advanced loop that will really appeal to the adrenaline junkie.
The 17-mile round trip ascends to an elevation of 5,200 feet. On all loops, the
views are phenomenal and the rides themselves truly memorable.
Although the Bloody Shins Trail is a mountain bikerís paradise, other non-
motorized activities are welcome. Outdoor lovers should feel free to hike or
horseback ride across the beautiful terrain. The views of the valley floor and
surrounding mountain ranges wonít disappoint and stealthy visitors may be
fortunate enough to spot native wildlife. But to experience the Bloody Shins Trail
as it was intended, throw on your helmet, get on your bike and get ready to taste
a little Nevada dirt.