South Central Nevada Snow & Road Conditions

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  1. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Does anyone know if there is gas in Pioche south of Ely?
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  2. rjnutt

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    There is gas in Pioche and south of there in Panaca..
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  3. 2on2off

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    Ophir Pass has amazing views on the west side.
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    Thanks for the info.
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    Thanks Jim for all of the navigational input that you did for the trip. Awsome job,no hang ups and the trip went off without a hitch. (except forthe broken clutch cable prior to the decent of Ophir Pass and the super angry gentleman with the gun!) I had a fun and educational trip. Met some real characters too! Need more pics, especially Ophir Pass showing the rocky section
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  6. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    The last time I was in Rachael, NV, Little Alien Inn, I was told there was a dirt road from Rachael to the Lunar Crater to the north/west. We were running low on fuel and I had not planned a route to include this dirt road so we took the pavement to the Lunar Crater.

    However, I am very interested to know if any of you have ridden this road. They told us there were four water crossings and that is what I am particularly interested in getting more information about.

    Looking on Google Earth, I also noticed the Michael Heizer's Complex City to the n/e of Raechal. I think it is on private property and this artist doesn't seem to want any visitors. I would also like to know if any of you have driven near it and if it can be seen from any vistas in the area. It looks very interesting.

    Here is a map of the area:
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    Here is some of the riding we did north/eash of Rachael on dirt roads:
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    It is interesting to find all this conversation about Ophir Pass now. We are just getting to it in our RR from this year. It was very challenging going east to west. Not something I would suggest to big bike riders. I am sure there will be some pics coming up in the RR. Check my signature for a link.
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    I forgot to add that if you look at Google Earth, you can see the snow drift on Ophir Pass covering the road. And the satellite photo was from August 2008. :eek1 That was kind of scary for me since we were planning to cross it in the second half of June. I didn't bother to burden any of the other riders with this info until we were standing next to the sign. :lol3 They were already starting to get a bit twitchy whenever I mentioned a "shortcut", "viewpoint" or "little pass". Everything looks so easy on Google Earth...

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    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    It was hard for me to find much information about riding Ophir Pass in Nevada. Few videos on Youtube. I found lots of info on Ophir Pass in Colorado.

    I'd like someone to shoot a video riding up and over the Pass past the snow drift and especially riding through that rocky steep section just north of the snow drift. That was the most difficult part for us riding it west to east on our 1989 R100GS Airheads. We just barely were able to ride it going down hill on those big bikes and took only a few pictures.

    Next trip I plan to take the KTM's and attempt the pass east to west. At least now I know where the difficult sections are.

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    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    I planning a ride to Nevada in a few weeks and much of the great riding I have done in Nevada so far is in the Toiyabe National Forest.

    I would appreciate it if someone who lives in Nevada could let me know if any or all of the dirt roads in the Toiyabe National Forest between Tonopah and Austin are open or closed because of the Government shut down.

    This shut down is creating a real problem for those of us who enjoy riding on these lands. It is getting more difficult to create a route when considering what is open and what is closed.
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  11. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    I don't have any current info on roads and trails in the Toyabe NF. But I have been riding all week in the Humboldt NF. No closures or any impact that I could see there.

    FWIW
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    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Thanks for this information. So far, there are no reported dirt road closures in the National Parks and Forests of Nevada from those who have actually been there. This is good news so far.
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    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    It would be a real shame not having the Forest Service, Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM interpreting the country for us and keeping us off the good trails.
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    There is always a way around any gate. Screw em. Time for the cutting torch.
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    I took a ride through Stanislaus forest today. At first all was good, the roads were open as was some of the campgrounds. Checking at the campgrounds I found they were notified yesterday they are to close by 10/6. I am wondering if the road closure comes after they are satisfied that the campers left. It is deer season too, can't forget them.

    Nobody knows anything. There is no info on their website nor even a recording of intentions on their phones.

    I assume what orders have been given to one district applies to all. They made no effort to inform the public.

    I would not ride around a gate, but so much of it is un gated. I have no problem riding that, since they have made no effort to tell me I can't.

    I know that you want to ride Silver Canyon. I am not so sure that is not a County road. I would check with Inyo Co. Public Works. Does the forest service have authority to close a County road because it goes through the National Forest?

    I will find out pretty soon, as I have a county road doing that within 2 miles of my house. It has a gate but I never seen it closed.
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    its almost November, the snow will start soon, be careful.
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    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    You are correct. I have been checking the temperatures and where I wanted to ride they are having lows in the teens and highs in the mid 40's. Too cold for me.
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    Has anyone seen Ophir Pass in Central Nevada lately. Not as much snow this winter so I'm hoping it will open earlier this year.
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    The hard parts going westbound are from here:

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    But you know that already! :lol3 It is a pretty steep grade pretty much the whole way. There was a section where it finally sort of flattened out but there were 2 ruts about 10 inches deep in the road that needed to be avoided. Then it got steep again and rocky. Then there was some big rocks. Then a big section of exposed rock going around a steep right hand turn. Then more loose steep rocks. Then your first picture where it was really loose and hard to get going again. Then more steep loose rock road. Then finally the summit. I am sure it would be easy if you did not ever stop or crash. I fell down 3 times. It is a long relentless grade. I was sure glad we decided to stay in the luxurious accommodations in Carvers and do it in the morning rather than late in the afternoon.

    Be sure to take a run thru Jefferson Canyon just to the east of Carvers. It is a fun one too! Stop in at Belmont and say hi at the Belmont Inn.
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    How are the paved and dirt roads in the Toiyabe National Park area of Nevada currently? Any snow or ice on the higher elevation roads?
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