Big Buck Meadows Trail

Total Miles


2199.59 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall



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Trail Overview

Big Buck Meadows Trail follows the power line service road for about 1.5 miles. This portion of the trail consists of a single vehicle-wide trail with a few easy hairpin switchbacks. Ascending about 800 feet to an elevation of 7,211 ft. the trail surface is mostly packed gravel. As the road quickly ascends, there are vistas of Pinion and cedar trees. The trail takes you to the heart of the Pine Nut Mountains where the Pinion Trees can live to be 600 years old, so Thread Lightly. At about 2.25 miles the trail descends to a small valley of grassy meadows, sage, and pine trees. There are some short sections of mud on the trail when the trail is wet. At about 4.5 miles in, the trail meanders through the trees and pin stripping (paint scratches caused by limbs) is likely. The trail cuts across the grassy meadow where a spring is located then returns to Sunrise Pass Road.



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Access Description

The trailhead can be accessed east of the Johnson Lane OHV area located 6 miles from Minden, Nevada. This trail is located mostly on BLM land and crosses private property in a couple of sections of the trail. There are no gates, postings, or fences observed at the time of this post.