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I live in the Bay Area, but will be in Reno for a few days next month. My wife will be with me and likes exploring new areas, but doesn't like get bounced around. Any suggestions for easy to moderate trails to check out near Reno. I have a JKU on 35s.
 

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I live in the Bay Area, but will be in Reno for a few days next month. My wife will be with me and likes exploring new areas, but doesn't like get bounced around. Any suggestions for easy to moderate trails to check out near Reno. I have a JKU on 35s.
You may want to post in the Cali thread too, there are a ton of trails all over the Reno/Tahoe area. Enjoy, I have made it as far as Tonopah, Reno/Tahoe is definitely on my wish list.
 

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There's nothing but open land and dirt roads in the area. Head out north towards Pyramid Lake or Peavine Mountain north of Reno has some trails. Lot's of trails up around Virginia City. Over in California up 395 there's plenty to see too. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a trail and most of them offer at least some nice views but you can find old cemeteries, ghost towns, mines (don't go in them!), you name it.
 

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There's nothing but open land and dirt roads in the area. Head out north towards Pyramid Lake or Peavine Mountain north of Reno has some trails. Lot's of trails up around Virginia City. Over in California up 395 there's plenty to see too. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a trail and most of them offer at least some nice views but you can find old cemeteries, ghost towns, mines (don't go in them!), you name it.
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There's the genoa peaks trail which leads onto kings trail or vice a versa! It runs from kings bury grade in stateline, tahoe, to mount rose/ hwy 50! Also if you feel adventurous look for the wild fire station across from cabelas and drive through the gate and head for the hills, there's a road just big enough for a jeep to get through to mount rose hwy! The genoa peaks run is a pretty mild trail, while the one from the fire station up mount rose can be a little trickier, had a full size dodge with air lockers and 4.88 gearing that was capable enough in every way except for it was too big! I think even a stock jeep would do better on this one.
 

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There are tons of places to go, ranging from easy to extremely difficult. Often the trails start out pretty nice, and get washed out into very rocky trails... or large mud puddles.

Wife and I enjoy rock hounding, most of the places we've got so far are very easy roads... air down is only necessary for comfort (washboard). If you'd like a place to go, get out and scrounge up agate/jasper I can give you some directions.

Couple of weeks ago we did a run up to Como (ghost town, although very little remains), that was a bit rough though often 5mph and rocking and rolling over 'boulders'.. Our stock JK handled it all fine, however I've got a few decades of wheeling experience behind me so picking lines and knowing what I can cross was very handy. That would be 'bounced around' for sure though.

The road through the west side of Pyramid Lake turns into dirt at Warrior Point and looks to continue all the way through to honey "lake" (it's probably bone dry now). I haven't been on that yet so can't provide a condition report, however we may do it this weekend.. although we may go out hunting opals instead.

You could try reno4x4.com, however the folks there are a bit reluctant to give out trail info because there are a ton of a**-hats our here that drive off trails (damaging sensitive areas) and love to dump trash.
 

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Thanks. Any directions would be helpful.
How much time/interest in rock hounding? One of our favorite places it pretty far from here, out near Lovelock. There's a closer one just north of Silver Springs.

Another nice place is Crystal Mine, the drive up can be done with 2wd.. although the last bit up to the mine is easier with 4lo as it's a bit rocky, but not too bad. The 'mine' was active during WWII I believe, they harvested crystals for oscillators.. and I understand the Corps of Engineers just dynamited as far as mining (sounds like Army heh ;-).. You can collect some interesting quarts there.
 

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How much time/interest in rock hounding? One of our favorite places it pretty far from here, out near Lovelock. There's a closer one just north of Silver Springs.

Another nice place is Crystal Mine, the drive up can be done with 2wd.. although the last bit up to the mine is easier with 4lo as it's a bit rocky, but not too bad. The 'mine' was active during WWII I believe, they harvested crystals for oscillators.. and I understand the Corps of Engineers just dynamited as far as mining (sounds like Army heh ;-).. You can collect some interesting quarts there.
This trip we are looking for something close. We are already driving to Reno from the Bay Area and are just looking to explore the area for an afternoon.
 

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I'd recommend crystal mine, hopefully this works:

http://tinyurl.com/pl87fjj

The road from bordertown (long valley road) is reasonably nice, however like most similar roads in this area it'll be washboard/rough so airdown is pretty much a necessity.

The road runs up into the mountains, pine forest and there are some nice views. There are several roads you can take into Verdi if you want to make it a round trip.. Or just backtrack.

Probably doable in a couple of hours, depending on how fast you drive ;-).

Pyramid lake could be nice as well, there are a lot of dirt roads that lead off the main road to the actual lake. Easy to find a nice place for a lunch, not much shade unless you continue farther north.. and that area would be packed on a weekend. If you do go to pyramid, make sure to get a tribal permit... lots of gas stations on the way sell them, or the ranger station in town.
 

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No problem.

If you here during the week and looking for dinner before 4:30pm, The Brew Brothers in the El Dorado casino has good beer and during happy hour 2 for one pizza. Wife and I can usually get 2 pizzas (they're not huge, but we leave with an entire pizza) couple of beers for around $25 tip included. That's our usual go to, beer is excellent (they also make their own root beer).
 
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