Ride Austin, Nevada
Located in the geographic center of Nevada, the historic mining community of Austin offers true adventure and exploration for those willing to get off the beaten path. Just to the south of Austin is the Toiyabe Crest Trail (TCT), a historic National Recreation Trail that can be ridden from Ophir Summit north 35 miles to Kingston Canyon. Although quite overgrown in spots and hard to follow due to lack of use, the TCT ranges from 8,000 feet to 10,500 feet elevation, delivering a raw and primitive trail experience unlike anywhere else in America. But be warned – the TCT is not for beginner riders. It is extremely rugged, remote and challenging; an adventure ripe for explorers adept at route finding and being self sufficient.
For those who just wish to get in a quick couple hours of fun riding, Hickison Petroglyphs Recreation Area is right off Highway 50, a short 20 minute drive east of Austin. Featuring 15 miles of flowing singletrack with sweeping views of Big Smoky Valley and the Toiyabe Range, Hickison Petroglyphs also has a camping area, making it the perfect stopover for travelers going across the state.