June 25, 2008
I grew up at the base of these mts, and rode there every day for 13 years. The riding here is EXCELLENT, and the trails are completely endless. They're not well marked like in Utah/Colorado, so it's a bit more 'adventurey.' I'd recommend a topo map to avoid getting lost, but be smart and you'll have a great time.
Best times to ride are in late spring/early summer and fall. Mid-summer gets really dry, hot, and dusty. Please don't ride during/immediately after rain, as it does mess up the trails badly, and you'll more than likely get stranded in the clay-like mud that forms.
Directions: Go east up Pinenut Rd from the 7-11/Hwy 395 intersection for a number of miles (watch for cops here) until you get to the fairgrounds. Turn onto the road that parallels on the left, and go east a few more miles on the c***py pavement into foothills. Park at the large pull-off on the right by a lone Pinion pine tree (easy to recognize). There might be a kiosk here, but it gets torn down every once in a while by the more 'territorial' locals. Mount up, ride south, and enjoy. The main road that goes south ends in a very steep drop into a ravine called 'Suicide.' Back up a few hundred yards and you're at a great place called the Playground. The best riding is in this immediate area and east into the mountains. There's a race every year in this area called the Pinenut Cracker. Way fun!
As mentioned before, there are a lot of mx bikes and 4-wheelers in the area. They're out to have fun just like you, so don't hate them for being out there too. Just listen for them and remember that the right-of-way tends to lean to whoever has more speed (unspoken Nevada protocol)* Review edited 6/25/2008