Sand Springs Station
View of the station site approaching from the parking area

Sand Springs Station

The ruins of Sand Springs Station are on the short road to Sand Mountain Recreation Area, a hugely popular off-road vehicle destination. The recreation area has an RV campground that,…

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Cold Springs Station
Looking over Cold Spring toward the station site entrance

Cold Springs Station

The ruins of Cold Springs Station are accessible from US 50 about 60 miles west of Austin, NV and 13 miles east of Middlegate. There are two locations marked "Cold…

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Scouting: Basque Summit/Smith Creek Ranch
Aspens along Smith Creek. This area was known in Pony Express times as Quaking Aspen Bottom.

Scouting: Basque Summit/Smith Creek Ranch

Scouting a route to Basque Summit is a particularly interesting story. As I've mentioned elsewhere, the original XP Bikepacking Route goes through the Desatoya Mountains (known as the Se-day-e Range to…

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Scouting: Smith Creek Summit/Dry Wells Station
Overland Trail Marker at Smith Creek Summit

Scouting: Smith Creek Summit/Dry Wells Station

I scouted Smith Creek Summit to see if it could be an off-road alternate to Railroad Pass, just to the south. The short version is the route is fine. The Old…

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Scouting: Old Overland Road to Smith Creek Summit
Scouting the XP Trail near US 50, west of Austin

Scouting: Old Overland Road to Smith Creek Summit

The purpose of this scouting trip was to see if there were any obstructions along the Old Overland Road between US 50 and Smith Creek Summit. My previous post scouted…

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Scouting: Jacobsville/Reese River Station
XP Marker. I could find no trails leading to or away from this marker.

Scouting: Jacobsville/Reese River Station

Reese River/Jacobsville Station is six or seven miles west of Austin, Nevada. The current XP Bikepacking Route bypasses this station, so I set out to see if (1) the site…

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Mile 95-136: Seneca to Marysville

"Scouting the pony express route day 3 into Marysville. Again mostly dirt roads everything went good though wide open spaces beautiful vistas are throughout this route!! The last bit off Jayhawk…

Mile 26-96: Severance to Seneca

"Scouting the pony express bike packing route day 2 hike a bike out of the tall grass and trees to highway 20 still on route everything went good dirt and…

Mile 6-26: Walthena to Severance

"Scouting the pony express bike packing route part 1 day 1. Got a late start out of st jo so I got a ride with my wife after dinner to…

Scouting: Dry Creek to Austin
Eagle Butte, with a very old looking corral at the pass

Scouting: Dry Creek to Austin

This past week (October 2) I made it back out to Austin, Nevada, to scout the trail between Dry Creek Station and Simpson Park Station. The Pony Express Bikepacking Trail…

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