Leviathan Mine Road, Barney Riley Trail, Leviathan Creek, Loop Canyon Road, Monitor Pass, Smiths Creek, Carson River, Toiyabe National Forest, High Peak, Dome Two, Leviathan Peak, Haypress Flat
Last Known Status
This remote and scenic area on the California-Nevada border consists mainly of jeep trails and fire roads surrounding a large dormant sulfur mine (off-limits). The area offers some primitive campsites, but no clearly designated staging areas or services.
You will find about fifteen miles of scenic views of the high-desert forests and mountain ranges along the main road with just a handful of decent side trails. A long rocky jeep trail with many stream crossings (caution - some over 1 foot deep.) is located in the northwest area. You will not find much exciting terrain here overall, but at least you'll have the whole place to yourself.
From: Markleville, CA
1) Take 89 south for about 9 miles
2) Turn left (north) on Leviathan Mine Road (N38.40.144 W 119.39.998)
3) Go .6 miles, veer right
4) Go another .6 miles until it breaks out in a field
5) Stage here, you will see multiple OHV trails (if road turns into pavement you've gone too far).
From: Carson City, NV
1) Go approx 30 miles south on 395
2) Turn right (west) on Leviathan Mine Road
3) Follow Leviathan Mine Road for approx 5 miles
4) Staging should be done before crossing the cattleguard. A good staging opportunity is when you see a brown sign that says "Entering California" at GPS coords N38.45.710 W119.39.428
TYPE OF AREA
no traffic, remote, primitive, free, large area
no actual trails, all roads, no services, no clear or designated staging areas
1-2 Days Spring, Summer
Miles Of Trail
6000 to 8700 ft.
Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
(hazards are marked) Laviathan Mine
Barney Riley Trail is very rocky and challenging jeep trail