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Hunter Lake Trail

Monday, November 28, 2016

Alt Names

Pinehaven Rd, Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Rose Wilderness, Big Meadows, Davis Meadows, Hunter Creek, Evans Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This jeep trail in southwest Reno offers a mix of wooded cutbacks and rocky meadows with some great city views. If you stick to the main road, it's not the most difficult climb you'll ever make, but its rocky enough to frustrate any beginner on a motorcycle. Quads handle it better, but the makeshift motocross track at the upper staging area (top of the first hill about 1/4 mile in) is as far as you'll want to go with the tykes.

There are some nice camping spots up at Hunter Lake (a shallow pond about 6 miles in), and you can continue past the lake for even more jeep trails which eventually lead to Hwy 89. This is not a bad day-ride, overall, and while the views of Reno are great, it's the kind of trail you'll only want to ride once.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityReno, NV
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 W to the McCarran exit
2) Turn south on McCarran
3) Follow S. McCarran 3.5 miles to Caughlin Parkway. Do not take the first right on Caughlin, but rather follow S. McCarran to the top of hill then take the second Caughlin Pkwy
4) Turn right on Caughlin Pkwy
5) Go approx 1/6 mile, turn left on Village Green Pkwy
6) Follow Village Green Pkwy to Pinehaven Road, approx 1/3 mile
7) Turn left on Pinehaven Road, go to the end of the road. Staging area will be in front of you.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosnice scenic views of Reno, secluded campsites scattered throughout ride area
Consvery rocky, not recomeded for motorcycle use, recomended use by 4x4's or ATV's, not recomended for beginners or novice riders
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayFull Day
Spring
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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5750 to 9500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
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 few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
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 some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
very steep and rocky trails
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (775) 770-3000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Chevron (775) 746-9200
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Chevron (775) 746-9200
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NE)Silver Sage RV Park (775) 829-1919 or (888) 823-2002
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Silver Sage RV Park (775) 829-1919 or (888) 823-2002
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteseveral primitive campsites scattered throughout area
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Scholari's (775) 828-2424
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Sparks Marina Park Beach (775) 691-9130
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteHunter Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (W)Boca Reservoir Boat Ramp (530) 587-3558

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoHumboldt - Toiyabe National Forest - Supervisor's Office
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 331-6444
www.fs.fed.us

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Hunter Lake Trail

Most of the vegetation consists of various pine trees and scrub brush.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

The first part of the trail has some great views of Reno.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

Hunter Lake Trail was originally a road built during the late 1850s through the early 1860s for logging and prospecting purposes and was maintained by horse-drawn scrapers.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

At one time cars were able to make the trip but the trail is best attempted by an ATV, motorcycle or a Jeep.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

Located next to the upper staging area is the makeshift motocross track that is popular with the little guys.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

Another side trail.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

Hunter Lake is a great place to take a break. There is also some primitive campsites in the area.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hunter Lake Trail

Another view of the trail.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

Another view of the trail. You can see Reno in the background.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

This side trail is actually a small and slightly rocky hill climb.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Hunter Lake Trail

Another great view of the mountains.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

The upper elevations have more loose chunk rock.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

Be prepared to encounter short but icy sections during the winter months.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

One of the primitive campsites.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

A smooth section of the trail.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

A good portion of the trail looks like this.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Hunter Lake Trail

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Hunter Lake Trail

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

The trail starts off with a moderate climb.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Hunter Lake Trail

Another view of Reno.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Hunter Lake Trail

A view of the motocross track.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

One of the smoother sections of the trail.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hunter Lake Trail

Another view of the trail.

Hunter Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Hunter Lake Trail

Hunter Lake is more of a small and shallow pond but at one time served as a water source to help power a sawmill and log flume back in 1876.

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