Sunrise Pass Trail

Minden, Nevada

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A few pinyon and juniper pine trees grow widely dispersed across the landscape as the trail begins to climb toward the Pine Nut Mountains. Continuing to ascend, the road undulates over some small hills, and the pinyon and juniper pine trees surround the trail. Winding into the hills, the road narrows and becomes rougher with rocks, erosion, and corrugations. The roughest sections are wash crossings. Although the road is one lane wide in sections, there are still plenty of pullouts for passing oncoming vehicles. The road passes several springs along its course, which are good water sources for the wild horses that roam the area. Keep an eye out for bands of the horses, especially around sunrise and sunset. Special Attractions: Long, scenic trail through the Pine Nut Mountains. Numerous backcountry tracks off the main trail to explore. Possibility to view wild horses. Route travels a portion of the Wellington Backcountry Byway.
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Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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

A few pinyon and juniper pine trees grow widely dispersed across the landscape as the trail begins to climb toward the Pine Nut Mountains. Continuing to ascend, the road undulates over some small hills, and the pinyon and juniper pine trees surround the trail. Winding into the hills, the road narrows and becomes rougher with rocks, erosion, and corrugations. The roughest sections are wash crossings. Although the road is one lane wide in sections, there are still plenty of pullouts for passing oncoming vehicles.

The road passes several springs along its course, which are good water sources for the wild horses that roam the area. Keep an eye out for bands of the horses, especially around sunrise and sunset. Special Attractions: Long, scenic trail through the Pine Nut Mountains. Numerous backcountry tracks off the main trail to explore. Possibility to view wild horses. Route travels a portion of the Wellington Backcountry Byway.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Minden
Distance: 43.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best May to September
Topo Map: Sunrise Pass Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/5/2010

Beautiful canyons and mountains. At the 4 way intersection there are trails leading to the tops of some of the mountains. The taller one you have to park and climb but the views are spectacular. I was in a modified high-clearance 2WD F150 and it was pretty leisurely.

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