The Dirt: Hunter Lake Road



Hunter Lake Road is the primary OHV access from Reno up through the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area, and provides breathtaking views of the city. The trails are rocky and technical in places, but are accessible to high clearance, 4x4 vehicles.

Primitive camping is allowed at Hunter Lake, and at several other locations along the trail, be sure to stay only on the approved roadways when travelling close to wilderness areas.


Trails take the rider directly up into the hills from two staging and access locations off Caughlin Ranch Parkway, in West Reno. From West McCarran Boulevard in Reno:

  • Head Southwest on Caughlin Parkway for about ¼ mile.
  • Turn left onto Village Green Parkway, and then right onto Pinebluff Trail.
  • There is limited parking in the cul-de-sac at the end of Pinebluff Trail, but plenty of additional open staging area for trailers a short way up the access road.
  • A second access point is located on Sierra Pine Drive, also off Village Green Parkway.
    • To get to the Hunter Lake area from the West side of the mountain, take Boomtown Garson Road exit off Interstate 80 West of Reno.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: U.S. Forest Service

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Carson Ranger District Office 
1536 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: (775) 882-2766

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the USFS website https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.

Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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