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Old 01-10-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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Yesterday we decided to head into the Spring Mountains on a trail the USFS MVUM (motor vehicle use map) shows as an open route for all vehicles between Lost Cabin road and Lovell Canyon road. If open as shown on the map, this would be a nice loop trail just a few miles west of Spring Mountain Pass.

We started on Lost Canyon Road from 160 to the cabin turn off, and followed the road designated on the map as FR 45539. On the ground, the road designation is FR 539. As soon as we started on 539, the JKs navigation system showed the road name change from Lost Cabin Road to Long Dead End Road... as it turned out for us, not just a clever name.

The road follows a wash most of the way to the top of the ridgeline that runs along the west side of Lovell Canyon. There has been serious water running though the wash from last years rains, and getting through some spots was much like Potato Ridge.

Climbing to the top of the ridgeline, the trail got very narrow, and at the top of the ridge, only an ATV or motorcycle would attempt further crashing through the trees.

Our club (Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers) has contacted the forest service about trail maintenance on the west side of the Spring Mountains, and I hope SOMEDAY that government agency will get off their indecision making asses and tell us we can do some stuff to keep trails open... like tree trimming on this trail!

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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Paragraph #2 should read...

We started on Lost Cabin road...

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It's like a catch 22.... if you tell the then you run the chance of the saying that there are no funds to clean the trail and they close it.


Good to see that you are out exploring though. They still have not opened some of the trails off of Kyle Canyon due to the fire, I am surprised that they left much on the other side of the mountain open.
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I'm wondering if this is the same trail... From 160 I took a ride down Lovell Canyon Rd kept following it on the pavement until we hit someone's private property, took the dirt trail to the left and it ended up climbing way up top of the mountain, I think around 6500 ft (we were above the clouds that night) then the trail goes down the back side past people's private homes and then finally it runs into a 5 lane gravel road that we took back to 160. Is what your talking about close to this?
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Our club (Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers) has contacted the forest service about trail maintenance on the west side of the Spring Mountains, and I hope SOMEDAY that government agency will get off their indecision making asses and tell us we can do some stuff to keep trails open... like tree trimming on this trail!
I grew up in Michigan and my parents were part of snowmobile clubs. In the summer we would take the Jeeps out and trim the trees back so that in the winter the trails would be free of trees hanging over in the trail. I don't see why they don't let us do that here. It's free labor and a days worth of fun.
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I'm wondering if this is the same trail... From 160 I took a ride down Lovell Canyon Rd kept following it on the pavement until we hit someone's private property, took the dirt trail to the left and it ended up climbing way up top of the mountain, I think around 6500 ft (we were above the clouds that night) then the trail goes down the back side past people's private homes and then finally it runs into a 5 lane gravel road that we took back to 160. Is what your talking about close to this?
I think the trail you were on was Lovell Canyon which dumps out on to Trout Canyon Road. We took that before and came back wheeler pass all in a day. (A long day)
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I think the trail you were on was Lovell Canyon which dumps out on to Trout Canyon Road. We took that before and came back wheeler pass all in a day. (A long day)
I'm with raythom3. There is a turnoff sign on Lovell Canyon Road stating CC camp road. A couple of us went up today from the east to check out how far we were from making it all the way... we were only about 1/3 mile short of making it through. The turnoff is a mile or so beyond the Potato Ridge turnoff.
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I think the trail you were on was Lovell Canyon which dumps out on to Trout Canyon Road. We took that before and came back wheeler pass all in a day. (A long day)
Done that loop many times. Good time.

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