Scouting: Sand Springs to Simpson Pass
Pony Express marker at Simpson Pass

Scouting: Sand Springs to Simpson Pass

For my last Nevada scouting trip this season, I headed back out to Fallon for a ride I've been looking at for months: The Pony Express Trail from Sand Springs…

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Scouting: Carson Sink Station

This is the third of three reports on the route between Sand Springs and Carson Sink Stations. Part 1 ("Sand Springs Station to Simpson Pass") is here, and part 2 ("Simpson…

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Scouting: Simpson Pass to Highway 95
The markers are nice, though you can't always see (or ride a straight line to) the next one

Scouting: Simpson Pass to Highway 95

This is the second of three reports on the route between Sand Springs and Carson Sink Stations. Part 1 ("Sand Springs Station to Simpson Pass") is here, and part 3 ("Carson…

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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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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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Austin, Nevada
A couple of vintage Lincoln Highway signs posted on a garage

Austin, Nevada

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the air has been too unhealthy to scout the last part of the route in California (from Lover's Leap to Echo Summit). So…

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Scouting: Simpson Park Station
Simpson Park Station (from the west).

Scouting: Simpson Park Station

I haven't been able to ride the last few weeks due to the fires and quality of the air in California. The national forests, including Eldorado Forest, through which the…

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