Beginner Offroad Trails Near Reno

Peavine Prospector Run

Spectacular views of Reno abound from high above on this trail that traverses historic Peavine Mountain. In stark contrast to the urban hustle and bustle of Reno, Peavine showcases the desolate beauty of the harsh…
Total Miles
11.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Dry Lakes Loop

The trail starts at a cattle guard after you leave the staging area. The first few miles are soft sand with little to no obstruction. The area to the north side of the trail is…
Total Miles
20.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Crystal Peak Mine Loop

This loop trail offers wide panoramas of endless mountain forests and picturesque views of multiple reservoirs all along an easily traversed dirt road. An exciting surprise awaits at the midway point of the trail--the Crystal…
Total Miles
26.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Boca Hill

Boca Hill Trail is a 2.5 mile trail. The trail passes the peak of Boca Hill, a great place to stop and get some pictures from above I-80 with many peaks in the background. The…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Pony Express Trail

The historic Pony Express Trail is one of the few domestic overland routes accessible to the public. This route follows as closely as possible to the original trail ridden over 160 years ago on horseback.Make…
Total Miles
463.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Brunswick Canyon

Brunswick Canyon Road is fairly easy; 85% of the trail is single vehicle wide with tight switchbacks. Mostly packed gravel trail with areas of loose rocks and a couple of water crossings. The Northern end…
Total Miles
11.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Old Como Road

This road begins at Dayton, Nevada, and gradually rises in elevation from 4367' to 7128' into the Pine Nut Mountains and is located on mostly BLM lands. The trail starts off over a flat alluvial…
Total Miles
18.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Wild Horse Trail

This route takes you from the outskirts of Dayton, Nevada to Clifton Flats. The trail head starts at the unlocked wild horse protection gate. Make sure to properly close and latch the gate. The trail…
Total Miles
11.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Sp / Wi

Bear Valley Loop Trail

Bear Valley Loop Trail is a beginner trail located off Hwy 89 starting right at "Little Truckee Summit". The loop takes off and ends at the Bear Valley Campground. Head in on Cottonwood Road off…
Total Miles
19.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Genoa Peak Road - 41306

You'll get some great views of Lake Tahoe from this trail. It's a wide, single-lane gravel trail that's moderately to heavily used during the summer. There are gates at both ends of the road which…
Total Miles
10.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Logan House Loop 14n33

This trail has beautiful scenery that includes tree-filtered views of Lake Tahoe, Aspen groves, grassy meadows, a couple of small year-round streams, and the classic Sierra Nevada Mountain Forest. It is recommended for 4WD or…
Total Miles
8.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Utopian Mine Trail

This road takes you to the Utopian Mine located in the Pine Nut Mountains in Carson City County, Nevada. The graded dirt road is wide and flat for the first four miles. As you cross…
Total Miles
5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

1947 Bunker Trail

This trail starts off on a wide graded dirt road. Then turning Northeast you proceed up a narrow double track trail. This portion of the trail ascends up a flat topped ridge which is lined…
Total Miles
6.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pine Nut Mountains Vista Trail

Located in the Johnson OHV park, this trail has views of Minden, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Pine Nut Mountains. A man-made dirt pile is meant to block the trail at 4.82 miles. At this…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Sunrise Pass Road

This graded dirt county road begins at the Johnson Lane OHV Park located east of Minden, NV. As the road gradually ascends, it traverses alluvial plains covered in sage and low canyons with juniper trees.…
Total Miles
23
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su

Clifton Flat Trail

Clifton Flat is a valley known for herds of wild horses and herds of Pronghorn Antelope. The trailhead starts at the unlocked barbed wire wild horse protection gate. Make sure to properly close and latch…
Total Miles
11
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Historical and Petroglyph trail

An historical trail with Petroglyphs at the end
Total Miles
21.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Beckwourth Tie - NF23N03Y

Dirt Forest Service Road accesses a network of roads climbing Beckwourth Mountain just outside Portola, California. These roads are seldom maintained and are occasionally clogged with manzanita overgrowth. Pinstriping is likely. These roads start at…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Beckwourth - NF23N03

Dirt Forest Service road accessing a network of roads climbing Beckwourth Mountain just outside of Portola, California. This is one of the primary routes into this section of the forest from town. These roads are…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Beckwourth Tie Spur - NF23N03YB

Dirt Forest Service road accessing a network of roads climbing Beckwourth Mountain just outside of Portola, California. These roads are seldom maintained and are occasionally clogged with manzanita overgrowth. Pinstriping is likely. These roads start…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Sugarpine Spur A - NF22N55A

Dirt Forest Service road accessing a network of roads climbing Beckwourth Mountain just outside of Portola, California. This spur accesses the communications tower equipment on private property at the summit of Beckwourth Peak. There is…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Sugarpine - NF22N55

Dirt Forest Service road accessing a network of roads climbing Beckwourth Mountain just outside of Portola, California. This looks to be the primary route accessing the summit from town. The road is wider and looks…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Fruit Smuggler

Dirt trail with potential for loose rocks, sandy washes, and water crossings less than a foot deep. Potential for mud holes and trail obstacles up to 12" including ledges and short, steep grades. One vehicle…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Six Mile Beach Trail

This route takes you from the trailhead located off Hwy 50, East of Silver Springs, Nevada to Six Mile Beach and loops back to the bridge over the Carson River below the Lahontan Reservoir Dam.…
Total Miles
14.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Burnside Lake Road - 31019

The 5.5-mile out and back dirt road will take you from HWY 88/89 intersection to Burnside Lake. The dirt road is relatively smooth and wide enough for two vehicles to pass. This is a well-traveled…
Total Miles
5.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Hawkins Peak Road

Hawkins Peak Road begins as a gradual accent and is typically one vehicle wide with places to pass on this double track dirt trail. The trail gradually ascends from an elevation of 7,057 feet to…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pistol Point Trail

Pistol Point Trail is one vehicle wide with places to pass on this double track dirt trail. The trail ascends from an elevation of 8,820 feet to a maximum elevation of 9,286 feet. There is…
Total Miles
1.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Boman Lake

The first part of the trail is paved. About 2/3rds of the way in, it becomes rocky and dirty. High clearance is recommended. There is one tricky hairpin about 1 mile from camp. Other than…
Total Miles
16.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Bonta Creek - NF23N33

Graded Forest Service road above the CA-70 highway in Graeagle, California that accesses Bonta Ridge, Penman Saddle, and other points to the North in the Plumas National Forest. There is a great brewery - the…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Sierra Buttes

Total Miles
8.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su