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      Ward Mountain Recreation Area North and South trailheads are separately administered by the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service. A developed and newly renovated campground is located at the US Forest Service Trailhead on the South side of the Highway. Trails (20 miles) are available for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and horses. Warming/rest shelters are available along several of the trails. Restrooms are available at both trailheads. For more information on the Forest Service campground and trailhead, you can contact the U.S.F.S., Ely Ranger District (775) 289-3031. Things to note: At the North trailhead there are 4 trail loops of various lengths: 10 miles total that meander through the sagebrush and pinyon-juniper forests of Ward Mountain. These trails are available for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and horses. Warming huts/rest shelters are available along these trails. There is an interpretive hike (0.4 miles) “Weeds of the Great Basin” with 12 interpretive signs placed at various intervals. Other amenities: Picnic tables, shade structures, trash cans and restrooms at trailhead. No potable water at North trailhead. Restrictions: Motorized use is prohibited on the signed trail system. Shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Shuttleable: YES
      Land Status: National Forest
      Upper Warming Hut Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Trails can be accessed from the Ward Mountain Recreation Area, 10 miles west of Ely on Hwy 6. The Ice Plant trails can be accessed from 80th West on Hwy 6, where the speed limit reaches 55 mph. Follow this road to the power line road and park at the 3rd turn on the right. You can also ride to this area direct from the White Pine Courthouse or Great Basin Community College. NF Road 440 allows access to the top for shuttling purposes. Please, be respectful of established roads and parking areas, as well as the privacy of homes in the area.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 20, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      43
      Trails Mountain Bike
      45
      Trails E-Bike
      30
      Trails Horse
      3
      Trails Hike
      44
      Trails Trail Running
      44
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      3
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      4
      Trails Snowmobile
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      4
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      3
      Total Distance
      50 miles
      Total Descent
      8,278 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,678 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      8,344 ft
      Reports
      254
      Photos
      74
      Ridden Counter
      2,909

      Outside Logo Articles

      Ely, Nevada: The New Riding Boom Town
      Mar 8, 2021 from betamtb.com
      Mountain bikers have passed through Ely, Nevada, for years on the way to more famous riding destinations. Now, it's deserving of its own stop.

      Photos of Ward Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Total BS
      10 |
      Nov 15, 2023 @ 7:28pm
      Nov 15, 2023
      trail: G Loop
      8 |
      Nov 15, 2023 @ 7:26pm
      Nov 15, 2023
      trail: Ice Plant
      16 |
      Oct 15, 2023 @ 8:39pm
      Oct 15, 2023
      2 |
      Sep 13, 2023 @ 5:29pm
      Sep 13, 2023
      216 |
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 10:01pm
      Jun 2, 2021
      242 |
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 10:01pm
      Jun 2, 2021
      trail: Old Connector
      41 |
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 9:56pm
      Jun 2, 2021
      trail: Old Connector
      56 |
      Jun 2, 2021 @ 9:56pm
      Jun 2, 2021

      Videos of Ward Mountain Mountain Bike

      Total BS With Nancy Herms
      14:43 | 22 | Nov 5, 2023 , Ely
      Total BS With Nancy Herms
      trail: Total BS
      14:43 | 33 | Nov 5, 2023 , Ely
      Powderberry With Lindsay Costello
      15:32 | 60 | Oct 9, 2023 , Ely
      Tokee Dokee with Candice Campeau
      trail: The Whoops
      12:55 | 37 | Oct 5, 2023 , Ely
      Tokee Dokee with Candice Campeau
      trail: Duck Hill
      12:55 | 32 | Oct 5, 2023 , Ely
      Tokee Dokee with Candice Campeau
      trail: Ice Plant
      12:55 | 39 | Oct 5, 2023 , Ely
      The Best Hand Cut Trail??
      20:43 | 130 | Nov 13, 2022 , Ely
      Pivot Switchblade vs. Tokee Dokee
      trail: The Whoops
      18:39 | 115 | Oct 11, 2022 , Ely

      Recent Trail Reports

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      X-Gate Parking Access Road
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
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      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
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      IdealGood to goPaorton GBTA
      The Whoops
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
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      IdealGood to goPaorton GBTA
      Lower Slalom
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      IdealGood to goPaorton GBTA
      Duck Hill
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      IdealGood to goPaorton GBTA
      Badger Hole
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      IdealGood to goPaorton GBTA
      Ward Mountain Trails Access Road
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:16pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      Snow CoveredSnow Covered StillPaorton GBTA
      Ward Mountain OHV
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:16pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      Snow CoveredSnow Covered StillPaorton GBTA
      Ward Mountain Campground Road
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:16pm
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      Snow CoveredSnow Covered StillPaorton GBTA
      Ward Mountain ATV Trail
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 6:16pm
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      Activity Feed

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      Apr 24, 2024 @ 9:44am
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      Apr 23, 2024 @ 10:33pm
      14 hours
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      Recent Comments

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      steph-fullertrailWard L TrailA very pretty trail with great views at the...
      Oct 17, 2023 @ 2:02pm
      Oct 17, 2023
      CapitalNathantrailPowderberry DivideFantastic trail! All the killer views and...
      Oct 9, 2023 @ 6:12pm
      Oct 9, 2023
      MtbikeboisetrailWard Loop KWARNING!! Trail Ward K does not exist as...
      Sep 28, 2023 @ 11:54am
      Sep 28, 2023
      JefffNFbEtrailPowderberry DivideThis is a good trail. Don’t let the previous...
      Sep 6, 2023 @ 1:55pm
      Sep 6, 2023
      BuxtonMDtrailPowderberry DivideFor those who like steep rocky switchbacks.
      Aug 28, 2023 @ 3:45pm
      Aug 28, 2023

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Squaw Peak 2 14.8 km
      Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park 4 312.1 km
      Cave Lake State Park 3 612.8 km
      Northern Schell Creek Range33.5 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4450 miles8,278 ft22 miles1,677 ft
      #2,086#1,1177425771,960
      E-Bike3032 miles4,065 ft12 miles1,627 ft
      #1,129#347236250
      Horse35 miles220 ft3,241 ft1,509 ft
      6
      Hike4449 miles7,913 ft21 miles1,677 ft
      #1,678#1,022257126
      Trail Running4449 miles7,913 ft21 miles1,677 ft
      #1,680#1,02025716
      Dirtbike/Moto35 miles220 ft3,241 ft1,509 ft
      6
      ATV/ORV/OHV47 miles259 ft4,216 ft1,509 ft
      6
      Snowmobile11 mile138 ft52 ft
      Snowshoe46 miles1,552 ft4 miles1,430 ft
      3
      Backcountry Ski35 miles1,552 ft4 miles1,358 ft
      1
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      • Admins: GBTA
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