Ophir Grade Trail

Virginia City, Nevada

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Ophir Grade Trail begins at the historical marker at the southern end of Virginia City’s main street, just north of the town of Gold Hill. Turn off Nevada 342 at the Nevada Department of Transportation Management Station and proceed west onto the unpaved road through the open gate. The wide, graded dirt road shortly becomes a wide shelf road with broad views of the heavily mined land below in Gold Canyon. Special Attractions: Driving the route of a historic toll road through at the southern end of the Comstock Lode. Expansive views of the vast mining fields and abandoned structures in Gold Canyon. A network of 4WD roads to explore. Can be combined with Western #20: McClellan Peak Trail to access Carson City from Virginia City. Special Attractions: Driving the route of a historic toll road through at the southern end of the Comstock Lode. Expansive views of the vast mining fields and abandoned structures in Gold Canyon. A network of 4WD roads to explore. Can be combined with Western #20: McClellan Peak Trail to access Carson City from Virginia City.
Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Peter Massey, Angela Titus, Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Ophir Grade Trail begins at the historical marker at the southern end of Virginia City’s main street, just north of the town of Gold Hill. Turn off Nevada 342 at the Nevada Department of Transportation Management Station and proceed west onto the unpaved road through the open gate. The wide, graded dirt road shortly becomes a wide shelf road with broad views of the heavily mined land below in Gold Canyon. Special Attractions: Driving the route of a historic toll road through at the southern end of the Comstock Lode.

Expansive views of the vast mining fields and abandoned structures in Gold Canyon. A network of 4WD roads to explore. Can be combined with Western #20: McClellan Peak Trail to access Carson City from Virginia City. Special Attractions: Driving the route of a historic toll road through at the southern end of the Comstock Lode. Expansive views of the vast mining fields and abandoned structures in Gold Canyon. A network of 4WD roads to explore. Can be combined with Western #20: McClellan Peak Trail to access Carson City from Virginia City.

© 2008 Peter Massey, Angela Titus, Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Virginia City
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 0.3 hours
Season: Best May to September
Topo Map: Ophir Grade Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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6/12/2010

This trail is fairly rough. This is compounded by some pretty staggering drops/falls if you lose traction on the road. That being said if you take it easy, it is beautiful and there are some mountains to explore. I was in a 2WD high-clearance F150 with a locker and it was challenging but do-able. It is cool going into Virginia City on the road miners used hundreds of years ago. However, there are wreckages of cars that failed to be cautious that serve as a pretty good warning. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, even 2WD, you should be ok as long as it is dry.

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