The Dirt: Pine Nut Mountains



The Pine Nut Mountain Range is located in Northwestern Nevada and extends from the Dayton area in the North, to State Highway 208 on the Walker River in the South. This mountain range provides an extensive system of roads and trails that range from single track to trails wider than 50’’, and is easily accessible from Dayton, Carson City, and the Carson Valley.  

The area provides fun riding for all levels of difficulty and is primarily hard packed dirt or sand, with the occasional rocky hill climb. The highest peak in the mountain range is Mt. Siegel, at 9451’. As with most Nevada off-road areas, weather events and snow may cause roads to wash out or be impassable.

Trails will take the rider from the sagebrush-covered foothills up into the Pinyon and Juniper forest, and provides beautiful views of the valleys and the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.  There are also several historic mining sites to visit, including the town of Como. 


From Hwy 50 in Dayton: Access points are located at Como Road and at the Dayton Rodeo Grounds off of Dayton Valley Road.

From Carson City: Take the Fairview Drive exit East from Interstate 580. Turn right onto Carson River Rd, then Right onto Sierra Vista Lane after crossing the river.  Multi-Use trailhead is about a mile down on the right.

Johnson Lane Access:  Turn east onto Johnson Lane off of Highway 395 south of Carson City. Trailhead is at end of road.

Pinenut Road Access: There are two staging areas off of Pinenut Road, south of Gardnerville.  Take Hwy. 395 South, turn east onto Muller Parkway and right onto Pinenut Road. Trailheads are about 2.5 miles east.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management, Sierra Front Field Office

BLM Sierra Front Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: (775) 885-6000

Email: ccfoweb@blm.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

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

Plan Your Visit