July 14, 2022 at 4:43 pm #1338
Anyone interested in a big 3-day dual sport ride?
I am planning a ride starting and ending in Sparks and going north through the Pueblo and Warner Mountains in Oregon, then returning through the High Rock Canyon Wilderness in Nevada. The ride will be from Friday through Sunday, July 29th-31st. I will be camping off the bike on Friday night the 29th at Virgin Valley Campground in the Black Rock Range and Saturday night the 30th at Deep Creek Campground in the Warner Mountains in Oregon. There won’t be a lot of amenities near the campsites, so you will have to bring everything you need on your bike.
The total ride distance over the 3 days will be 237 + 214 + 264 = 715 miles. There won’t be any single track on this ride, but there will be some steeper climbs, stream crossings and (probably) muddy trails in Oregon. The technical obstacles push the overall grade of this ride to B+. This ride will be better on an offroad-capable single-cylinder dual sport, although a good rider on a bigger bike could handle these trails. Full knobbies are mandatory if there is any mud at all.
Here is a pic of the ride map:July 14, 2022 at 5:10 pm #1341
I’ve attached the GPX files for this ride to this post (attachments are only visible if you are logged in).
Here is the ride itinerary – note that the longest distance between gas stops is 151 miles:
The ride starts in the Scheel’s parking lot at Legends in Sparks. Kickstands up at 9 AM. The ride to Nixon will be offroad through the Pah Rah Range, and to Gerlach on dirt to the east of the Nightingale Range.
Total trail distance 237 miles, ~90% dirt
Gas: mile 59, mile 136
15,055′ Climbing 14,609′ descending
Camp at Virgin Valley Campground (warm springs, potable water)
The ride starts at Virgin Valley Campground, and will go over Domingo Pass into Fields, stop for breakfast at the Fields Cafe, then continue on to the Warner Mountains and Lakeview.
Total trail distance 214 miles, ~95% dirt
Gas: mile 50, mile 191
Breakfast option: Fields Cafe
Lunch option: grab something in Lakeview
14,009′ Climbing 12,950′ descending
Camp at Deep Creek Campground (carry water or filter water from the creek)
The ride starts at Deep Creek Campground. A possible breakfast option could be found in Cedarville, which is the first gas stop. The ride will go southeast through the High Rock Canyon Wilderness to return to Gerlach via a different route than the outbound ride. From Gerlach I think an easy cruise back to Sparks around Pyramid Lake on the paved highway would be the best choice after 3 days of hard riding.
Total trail distance 264 miles, ~65% dirt
Gas: mile 47, mile 167
Lunch/dinner option: Bruno’s
11,332′ Climbing 12,741′ descending
Ride finishes at Pyramid Highway and La Posada Avenue (Chevron station)
Gas Stop Details
Town Daily Mileage Total Mileage Distance to Next Gas Nixon, NV 59 59 77 Gerlach, NV 136 136 151 Fields, OR 59 287 141 Lakeview, OR 191 428 70 Cedarville, CA 47 498 120 Gerlach, NV 167 618 97
July 19, 2022 at 6:16 am #1358RenoDeanoParticipant
- This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Kurt138.
I would love to make your ride, but camping off the bike is not in my future plans. Motels are available at Denio NV and Shields OR. My calendar is crowded right now but would love to do your ride at a Future date. Reno Deano
H. D. ChaneyJuly 19, 2022 at 3:57 pm #1360
Since it is the middle of summer I am looking forward to camping off the bike. Riding from a base camp or using hotels is preferable the rest of the year for me.
The next big ride on the agenda might be your northern NV ride in September/October – we’ll plan hotels for that one.
KurtJuly 28, 2022 at 12:41 pm #1364
It looks like I will be going on this ride solo, so I will skip going to the rendezvous point at Scheel’s and instead ride right to the dirt from my house. Although it is a little hot with some smoke this week I am looking forward to riding. I have just been doing this for the last two weekends I was in town and have been neglecting my bike:August 5, 2022 at 10:52 am #1439
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