The OHV trail system in the Austin and Toiyabe Range area centers around the historic city of Austin. This trail system is generally multi-use and caters to OHV, equestrian, mountain bike, and pedestrian activities, so riders should be prepared to meet a variety of trail users on their ride. Snowmobiling is also popular in the area, when winter weather and snow conditions permits.
The trail system takes riders through a variety of terrain, and generally follow existing two-track roads. Most trails in the area are suitable for a full size 4wd. OHV users should expect to encounter exposed rocky trails, stream crossings, and significant elevation change.
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. The entire Toiyabe Range has vistas and attractions for all types of recreation, but it is remote. Go prepared, and stage out of the many available USFS campgrounds.
For a longer day-trip, travel up over the mountains and into the adjacent valley to the East. This route takes you through the community of Kingston and provides options to explore Toquima Cave and Spencer Hot Springs. During the wet season, the road to both attractions is graded dirt and turns to slick mud when wet.
Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For general OHV information and regulations, visit the USFS OHV website.
Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.
Stay in one of the small, unique and welcoming options for lodging in Austin, or at one of the nearby campgrounds and RV parks:
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For more information, visit the Humboltdt-Toiyabe National Forest website or contact:
Trails are generally south of Austin and US-50. Parking is available in town and at Austin Summit. Options to join the trail system are also available from Bob Scott Campground, 6 miles east of Austin, or at Big Creek Campground to the south.
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