It seems like it is getting harder to leave Reno on dirt every year.
To get to the Plumas NF we can ride on dirt to Loyalton via various routes through the Tahoe NF – once the snow clears. From Loyalton to Vinton I’ve just ridden on tarmac on Highway 49, but I think that tarmac section could be cancelled out as well.
It usually works best to ride dirt through the Tahoe NF to get to the Plumas NF, then after riding in the Plumas NF just ride back to Reno from Hallelujah Junction on Highway 395. That highway stint is a little tough on a dirt-oriented dual sport.