We Went to Mina, NV. Yes, on Purpose.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by avejoe, Apr 14, 2019 at 4:35 PM.

  1. avejoe

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    This year our semi-annual WR250r rally was held in Mina Nevada. As always, only three of us showed up.

    Mina is a former railroad stop on Highway 95 about 50 miles north of Tonopah. There are no services in Mina. The only thing going is a burger shack and Sunrise RV Park. Times are tough in Mina.

    What Mina lacks in economic activity, it makes up in its proximity to some awesome riding.

    The trip got off to a bad start. I was really looking forward to a donut stick.

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    Beautiful Hawthorne.

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    Sunrise RV Park.

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    But the view!

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  2. avejoe

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    We had two full days of riding planned; Friday and Saturday.

    The weather Thursday was not great. It sprinkled most of the afternoon and overnight it rained a bit. It was also very windy. For Friday we decided to head northeast from Mina and visit Poinsettia Mine. The riding was cold, but I had a heated jacket and grips, so it was not too bad. My two riding partners were not so equipped and they suffered as we gained elevation.

    After hitting about 6,500 feet, we started to descend as we turned north. The roads were wide and graded. The surface alternated between a bit of sand to gravel. We made good time and came to the turn towards Poinsettia. The road to the mine was a fun two track. The bit of rain from the night before kept the dust to a minimum.

    Where the heck are we?

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    Ima jump this.

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    Poinsettia Mine

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    I thought about it, but didn’t have enough gas.

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    On the way back from Poinsettia Mine we connected with a well maintained dirt road that too use past an active large scale mining operation and we connected with Hwy. 361. We decided to follow the power lines south, but that route got very sandy with lots of whoops. We cut over to Luning and followed an old railroad grade 10 miles back to Mina.
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    Once back to camp I started thinking about how much road noise there was at the “RV park”. I needed to get some sleep so I decided to pack up my tent and move out to the dry lake bed about a mile east. It turned out to be very quiet. It did get really cold Friday night though.

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    Our planned ride for Saturday was to head west from Mina to find an old cabin that had been built under a rock ledge. The weather on Saturday turned out to be spectacular with no clouds or winds. Temperatures would hit the mid-70s. Perfect for riding.

    We tried to stay off the main dirt roads so we ended up riding some really nice washes and two track. We gained elevation up to around 7,000’ and hit some small patches of snow. The moist DG trails were awesome! All three of us had new rear tires and we left lots of baby WR250 roosts.

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    Excellent avejoe! Exactly what I'd done on the camp move. For reference, approx. which week of the year was this?
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    We passed an active cabin called Cow Camp and saw the first person on the trail in two days. It’s wide open country and no people.

    We found the two track that took us towards the cabin under the rock. We stopped at a water hole that was fenced with a design to keep donkey/horses/cows out but still allow antelope and bighorn sheep in.

    Unfortunately, the road from there became more technical than our skill allowed and we did not make it to the cabin.

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    April 11-14.

    It should have been much warmer, but it’s been a weird year weather-wise.
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    On the way back to Mina we went through a burro reserve. We saw lots of them.

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    We rolled back to Mina, drank some beer, and had dinner. This was the only evening we had without a chilled wind. I’m guessing the temps were around 65. I had left my tent up out on the lake bed and decided to head down before dark. I had brought a bundle of firewood on the trip that I had bought on our 2018 April trip that got cut short due to horrendous mud. For some reason, it always rains/snows on us when we’re in the desert.

    Anyway, I was not going to pack the firewood back home for the second year. So I decided to have my own personal Burning Man. A good beer, some David Gilmour, and a cloudless night sky made a great ending to the trip.

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    Yep, Friday was cold for those of us without a heated jacket. I had the heated grips on high most of the day, that helped some. Here we are stopped on the main road up to Poinsettia Mine, it was about 40 degrees, over the pass it was about 38 with little flakes of snow floating around. Shortly after I took this pic, my phone/camera shut down from the cold, thought it was dead.
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    Poinsettia Mine has some deep vertical shafts! Took a while for the rocks to hit the bottom.
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    Here we are exploring a spur road that led to nothing, maybe some old mine explorations. We rode up a sand and gravel wash to get here, somehow we missed the road.
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    Here is the spur road. Hmmm, not taking the pic.
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    Day two was out through the Rattlesnake Valley and up over a pass. Much warmer, more pleasant for sure!
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    Micro roost from the Dave on the WR.

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    The decomposed granite and damp roads were phenomenal!

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    The Guzzler, no, not Dave, the watering hole for sheep and pronghorns.

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    Our turn around point, getting a bit too steep and sketchy for this old guy!
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    Lunch break.
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    Dave's lakeside camp.

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    A lot left to explore out there. If you're driving through Mina - well, it could happen. . . . . . the Sunset Valley RV place has a Mina OHV Trails book that is for sale, it is quite helpful showing rides in the area.

    Great trip and really fun riding. Really wonderful to share the experience with good friends and especially my son!
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