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Backcountry Loop

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 3.0 (1)

A steep, technical singletrack with mostly sandy trail.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

78%

Runnable

5,678' 1,731 m

High

4,706' 1,434 m

Low

883' 269 m

Up

981' 299 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

61%

Max Grade (31°)

Dogs Off-leash

Need to Know

No reliable trail signs or marks. Look for trail cairns, though those are unreliable. West-facing slope throughout.

Runner Notes

Beware of many side trails that may or may not disappear.

Description

This trail takes off from the Highland Loop trail southeast of the parking lot. It can be reached directly without running the Highland Loop, just go SE out of the parking lot up the valley. The southern part of the loop is a remarkably steep, slippery slope without switchbacks and makes for a precarious descent or a calf-torching ascent.

The northern part is a steep but manageable switchback stretch. In between is mostly sand with intermittent gravel and bedrock singletrack speckled with horse tracks and manure. At the top, it connects to (and runs along) a jeep trail that can be followed to Virginia City. Great views of Truckee Meadows and Reno with eastward views into the desert from the top.

Flora & Fauna

Wild horses, jackrabbits, coyotes.

Shared By:

Ryan Eggers

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#239

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The trail just before the surface becomes ball bearings on glass as it starts downhill.
Oct 17, 2019 near Sparks, NV

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