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Bull Ranch Creek

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Alt Names

Mogul, Dog Valley, Northgate, Verdi, Sticky Peak, Verdi Peak, North Flat, Mogul Mountain, Back Side Peavine Mountain, Toiyabe National Forest, Mitchell Canyon, Cow Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

If you are coming to Reno to ride, this place is not to be overlooked. Moonrocks may be more popular, but in our opinion Dog Valley is more fun, with some interesting scenery and views of the nearby Truckee River.

What makes it so fun is the wide variety of terrain, with trails that wind through sand and desert sage, teeter along the mountain ridges, and then tunnel deep into the woods. Many of the woods trails are single track (and we mean 18 inches wide), and the rest are perfect for ATVs.

Note that some of the wooded areas don't thaw until late May or even June. This is listed as a Nevada riding area because it is closest to Reno, but large portions of the area are in California, including the recommended staging area. You'll need either a Nevada NVOHV sticker or a California OHMVR sticker. Both states reciprocate.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityReno, NV
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From: Reno, NV
1) I-80 west to Exit 5
2) Proceed through the roundabout, continue about 1 mile
3) Staging area is on the right.

For Henness Pass Staging Area:
1) I-80 west to Verdi
2) Take exit 5 (last exit before Boomtown)
3) Continue straight about 2.5 miles from the bottom of the exit into Verdi
4) Turn right (north) on Bridge Street, continue about .5 miles.
5) Turn/veer right onto Dog Valley Road which turns into Hennesse Pass Road, continue about 1 mile.
6) Continue straight to stay on Hennesse Pass Road (you will pass Sunrise Creek Road on the left).
7) Follow the road about 2 miles. Staging area will be a large dirt parking area.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, also has play area near staging area
LandBLM, National Forest

RATINGS

Proswide variety of terrain, fair amount of single track, not crowded, good scenery, easy access to staging area
Consoften dry and dusty, easy to get disoriented, few trail markings or directional signs
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
Recommended June-November
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles40
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4850 to 8300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
(staging area and large portion of trails are in California)
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(staging area and large portion of trails are in California)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesSome Areas
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areassome trails too narrow for ATVs
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areas
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areassome primitive camping available
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholSome Areas
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeJeep/SUV Patrol
ATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
Comment*Sometimes officers on trail bikes will check for California OHV stickers in the National Forest area.  They hang out in the forested area where the trail crosses back and forth from Nevada to California, so be sure that your bike is legal in BOTH states.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)St. Mary's Regional Medical Center (775) 770-3000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Chevron (775) 345-6000
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Chevron (775) 345-6000
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Boca Springs Campground (877) 444-6777 or (530) 587-3558
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Boomtown/KOA (877) 626-6686
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Boomtown/KOA (877) 626-6686
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Boca Rest Campground (877) 444-6777 or (530) 587-3558
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Chevron (775) 345-6000
Swimming Swim AreaReno, NV
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (SW)Truckee River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (W)Boca/Stamped Reservoir

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoHumboldt - Toiyabe National Forest - Supervisor's Office
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444
www.fs.fed.us
Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Truckee Ranger District
9646 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161-2949
(530) 587-3558
www.fs.fed.us

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Bull Ranch Creek Trail

The nice thing about Dog Valley is that it has a little bit of everything...

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Scenic view of Bull Ranch Creek Trail

Another nice scenic shot from somewhere on the back side of Peavine.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

You also get to climb and there are some great scenic hilltop views from the rocky fire roads.  The rocks are sharp though.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike crossing some water at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

And a couple of simple stream crossings (seasonal).

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

The trails are pretty smooth in the woods.  Not too many rocks.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

And some great woods trails.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike doing a wheelie at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

There are a bunch of single track trails that occasionally break into small clearings.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

And there is great scenery everywhere.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

There are also some vast open hills with sandy single track trails and hill climbs...

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

These are some more scenic hills heading toward Red Rock Road.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

Some spectacular views of Cold Springs and Reno from the top of Peavine Mountain.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

A trail at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

This from the back side of Peavine near where the woods trails begin.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

One of the connecting routes.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

A GPS is handy here to keep track of where you are.  There are enough connecting trails in this area between Stampede and Cold Springs and Mogul to run you right out of gas if you explore too randomly.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

A trail at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

And some more woods trails.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Terrain example at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

Woods trails with berms... my favorite!

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

A little mud here, but really most of the area is very dry.

Bull Ranch Creek Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bull Ranch Creek Trail

There are also some short sections of very tight woods single track, almost swampy.

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