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Jumbo Grade to Virginia City

This fun day-ride is perfect for a quick hop over to Virginia City to explore all the history Nevada has to offer. 
Trail Uses
Utv/jeep driving Atv riding Dirt biking Hiking Mountain biking Horseback riding
Location
Storey County, Washoe County
Length
8.00 miles (One Way)
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Expert
Town
Virginia City
Surface
Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

This beautiful trail is located in Washoe Valley, just south of Reno.  Jumbo Grade is a historic mule team route that was used in the 1800’s to move goods from Washoe Valley over the hill to Virginia City.  Take a daytrip to Virginia City, which is an OHV-Friendly community.  On your way, stop at the summit to rest and take in the amazing view. While in Virginia City, OHV riders should use the side streets and avoid riding on State Route 341, the Main Street in town.

The Jumbo Grade Road trail can be traveled in a high clearance 4WD vehicle, but steep grades and loose gravel may make it difficult to pass if the car is not outfitted properly.  If you want to get off the main dirt road, there are many other existing roads and miles of single-track trail winding through sagebrush and pinyon-juniper forest. Trails are primarily hard-packed native dirt and can be very rocky or steep in areas. This area provides trails for all experience levels; from the open trailhead parking lot and adjacent play area, which is a great spot for beginners. The trailhead also includes an OHV play area and some fun motocross trails both adjacent to the trailhead, and also across the creek to the north.

All trails in this area are multi-use and are open to all types or recreational activities and is popular with equestrians.  Remember to ride safe, use caution on blind corners, and respect other trail users.

Other Information

For overnight camping see the Washoe Lake State Park website.

See the Virginia City website for information on current events, things to do, places to stay and dine.

Check out the Travel Nevada’s website for Virginia City for more info and ideas.

Visit the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority website for additional information

For great information on the history of the Virginia City National Historic Landmark, see the National Park Service website.

Nevada's OHV Program website:  The Dirt: Comstock Historic District | OFF-ROAD Nevada (nv.gov)

RiderPlanet’s webpage on Jumbo Grade

Trail Manager

For additional information visit the BLM website or contact: 

Bureau of Land Management - Carson City District Office

Bureau of Land Management - Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Rd.
Phone: 775-885-6000
BLM_NV_CCDOwebmail@blm.gov
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Trailhead Information

From U.S. 395 in Carson City, take Eastlake Blvd (old 395), then turn east on Jumbo Grade Way to large dirt parking area. This is a large, open trailhead with ample space for parking. Site includes a vault toilet restroom and a loading ramp. Overnight camping is prohibited.

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