The Dirt: Ward Mountain Adventure Loop



The Ward Mountain Adventure Loop is a tour of Ward Mountain in White Pine County, NV. The Trail departs from several trailheads in Ely, Nevada and climbs through Sagebrush and mixed Pinyon Juniper forest to the Ward Mountain Campground managed by the US Forest Service, Ely Ranger District. The trail continues south along the upper terrace road to the southern reach of Ward Mountain where it climbs over a saddle near Hamel’s Peak and drops into the historic Ward townsite. The Upper Terrace is a natural surface trail that travels through aspen stands and riparian corridors with few technical climbs. From the Ward Townsite, head north along Cave Valley Rd. Options are available to traverse the recent juniper chaining areas completed for habitat restoration. 
Ward Mtn Campground has trailer sites, water, and a camp host, pit toilets and group campsites. Non-motorized trail access inside campground. Camping is also available at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park, south of Ely off of Highway 93.


Depart from Ely, NV heading West on Highway 6. Staging options at Ward Mountain Campground. With an OHV, depart Ely, NV towards the water tower and the Ward Mountain Connector trail. Trail access via Ward Mtn Connector is signed at water tower.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: US Forest Service

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Enjoy the Ward Mountain Adventure Loop by staying on existing trails and admiring resources without touching them. Take out everything you brought with you to the site. Be considerate of all other trail users. Always wear protective safety gear, and never operate an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 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

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