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Austin Mountain Bike System

A mountain bike system centered around the historic mining city of Austin, a great start to an adventure through the Toiyabe Mountain Range!
Trail Uses
Hiking Mountain biking E-biking Horseback riding
Lander County
60.40 miles (Network)
Easy, Moderate, Difficult
Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge
Other Activities
UTV/Jeep Driving ATV Riding Dirt Biking


The Austin-Toiyabe Mountain Bike System centers around the historic mining city of Austin. The trail system takes riders through a variety of terrain, with challenging and fun trail experiences for every level of rider. Expect to encounter exposed rocky trails, stream crossings, and significant elevation change. Trails generally follow existing two-track roads.

Trails climb from basin sagebrush through aspen groves and into high elevation environments. Heading south towards Big Creek Campground, users will find numerous streams popular for trout fishing. Historic mining activity is also evident in the area, and the Stokes Castle just south of Austin is a popular stop. 

Mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, and OHV Riders are allowed on the trail system so riders should be prepared to meet a variety of trail users on their ride. Be respectful, slow down and call out before passing.

The entire Toiyabe Range has vistas and attractions for all types of recreation, but it is very remote. Be prepared in case of emergency. There are many available USFS Campgrounds from which you can base your adventure.

Animal Fun Fact!

As you cruise along these sagebrush-lined trails, keep an eye out for North America’s smallest rabbit, the appropriately named pygmy rabbit! These tiny rabbits weigh up to around a pound and could fit in your hand. Sagebrush serves as their main food source and shelters their burrows. In the summer, you may also see the purple, trumpet-shaped flowers of Toiyabe sagebrush bluebells.

Other Information

Stay in one of the small, unique and welcoming options for lodging in Austin, or at one of the nearby campgrounds and RV parks:

In the valley to the east of Austin, the community of Kingston provides even more options for exploration including Toquima Cave, and the Spencer Hot Springs. Be aware, the road to both attractions turns to slick mud when wet.

This trail system is multi-use so be aware that the trails are open to OHV, equestrian, mountain bike, and pedestrian activities. Be respectful to all trail users!

Other helpful links:

Trails may be overgrown or hard to find. 

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website or contact:

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Austin-Tonopah Ranger District Office

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Austin-Tonopah Ranger District Office
100 Midas Canyon Rd.
Po Box 130
Austin, NV 89310
Phone: (775)964-2671
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Recreate Responsibly

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.
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Trailhead Information

The majority of the trails can be accessed along US-50 in the City of Austin. Trailheads are located at three locations, although parking is available throughout the town of Austin.

Austin Park - The primary trailhead for the Castle Loop is located at Austin Park at the intersection of Nevada Street and US-50.

Austin Summit - Parking at the Austin Summit on US-50 provides access to Cahill Canyon Run, Pony Express Loop and Gold Venture Loop.

Bob Scott Campground - Bob Scott Slide provides access to the trail system for people parking near or staying at Bob Scott Campground. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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