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Leviathan Recreation Area

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Alt Names 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 Open
DESCRIPTION

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.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Markleville, CA
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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
Area Trail
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros no traffic, remote, primitive, free, large area
Cons no actual trails, all roads, no services, no clear or designated staging areas
Rating Rating    Fair    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Spring, Summer
TERRAIN
Miles Of Trail 50
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 6000 to 8700 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has no single track trails.None
Roads This national forest has almost all roads.All
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has no rider traffic on typical days.None
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards are marked)
Laviathan Mine
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
Comment Barney Riley Trail is very rocky and challenging jeep trail
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Yes Not Recommended
Cross Country Prohibited keep on the trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
Comment Leviathan Mine is off limits, also they have surveillance cameras.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (N) Barton Memorial Hospital (530) 541-3420
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (N) Woodfords Station
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (N) Woodfords Station
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (W) Mount Bullion
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (E) Topaz Lodge (800) 962-0732
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (E) Topaz Lodge
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (W) Grover Hot Springs (530) 644-2248
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (N) Smiths - Gardnerville (775) 782-0155
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles (S) Heenan Lake
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (S) Heenan Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 20-30 Miles (E) Topaz Lake
CONTACTS
Contact Info Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444
www.fs.fed.us
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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle getting wet at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike crossing some water at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Section of the Barney Riley jeep trail.
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Honda CRF Dirt Bike in the water at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Scenery from Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Leviathan sulfur mine.
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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Example of terrain at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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A trail at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Leviathan Recreation Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Leviathan Recreation Area Trail Photo

Scenery at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Leviathan Recreation Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Leviathan Recreation Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Scenery at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Terrain example at Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

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Scenic view of Leviathan Recreation Area Trail

Drastic change in weather.
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