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Nevada-Silver State Trail System-6-7,8,9-Trip Report

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The gang and I completed a shortened version of the run I had scheduled. (I'll explain in a little bit) It was good to see everyone again and meet some new folks too. Thanks to everyone who came out and explored with me, I had a blast! I did not take any pictures for some odd reason so I am looking forward to seeing yours.

 

Those in attendance were:

@4WLNRN  @OffroadFun  @Visket  @Franky  @Rawhyd  @JEMSA @Mick Bowers 

 

Shout outs:

@Rawhyd- Thanks for tail gunning and keeping the gang together and for looking over the maps and working through getting a camp spot on Friday!

@Mick Bowers- Thanks for cooking dinner for everyone Friday night! It was a great spaghetti dinner.

Everyone who kept tabs and checked up on me  to make sure I was hangin' in there okay on Saturday.

 

Most of us stayed in Alamo on 6-6 at the Sunset View Inn, a quirky but neat little hotel. My room was the Fantasy Room. The post for the run has pictures of some our rooms. it was a little weird and the bathroom smelled weird. Not a "holy cow someone had bad Mexican food" smell, but more like a moldy smell. Other than that all was well.

 

Friday Morning we all gathered up and aired down around 8 A.M. then hit the road shortly after. We headed a mile south to the Delamar Ghost Town trailhead. The name of the game on this trail was dust, it was everywhere. Not unexpected as this area is in the middle of the desert. We crossed over the Delamar Lake bed  which kicked up a bunch of silt but it was still a cool thing to do. We saw some wild horses along the way, that was pretty cool too. The trail got a little more exciting/fun once we made it past the lake. Nothing to crazy, just some off-camber parts and some ruts and rocky parts. We made it to the remains of the town of Delamar and did some exploring. It was pretty cool too see all the remains of houses scattered through out the little valleys and up on the hillsides. All the building remains gave the vibe that this place used to be a busy little mining town.

 

Once we were done there we headed north toward the Silver State Trail System. On the way up we stopped and visited the Helene Cemetery. As expected this cemetery is old. Some of the headstones were well over 100 years old.  From there the roads to the SSTS were smooth and dusty. We stopped for lunch at the Chief Mountain trailhead. Here there was a picnic areas with shade and restroom "facilities".  Once done with lunch we made our way towards the Pan American mine. The  trail was a mix of smooth roads, some off camber, and some rocky parts.  We also saw some more wild horses along the way. Glenn said he saw a deer, I was too busy looking at the mountains that surrounded us and missed that wildlife.

 

We climbed in elevation as we made our way to the Pan American mine. There are signs that say it is private property but the gate is non-existent so we kept on truckin'.  There's an old cabin on the hill behind the mine that looked to have an amazing view. The entrance to the mine itself is huge, big enough to drive a Jeep into. Glenn was down there and took some pics.

 

From there we went up the road to where I thought we'd make camp at the Comet Mine which according to a sign says it is under video surveillance. I quickly realized there was not enough room for all of us , the ground was rocky, and there was debris everywhere.  I wanted to go further North to the Mountain Lion Mine and perhaps camp there. Glen and I looked at the maps and talked it over. We both noticed the road out that continued to the Mountain Lion Mine looked pretty chewed up past the Comet Mine so for the safety of all we decided to head back South and head west across Deadman's Crossing. This was an easy trail about 22 miles long. We did not find camp until almost the end at Hamiton(This is the correct spelling 🙂) Spring. This was a good camp spot with enough room for all of us.  We all set up camp and @Mick Bowers went about cooking dinner for everyone. A nice spaghetti dinner with rolls.  After covering about 100 miles, including some back tracking, this was a welcome meal and much appreciated. After dinner a wind storm, no dust just a strong wind, came up and cooled the temps down significantly.

 

Saturday Morning I woke up feeling like a hot pile of garbage. 🤬 I talked things over with a few folks and we decided the best approach was to poll the group to see what they wanted to do. I was going to head south at the end of Deadman's crossing and make my way to HWY 318 then home. We had covered a lot of ground Friday so Saturday was shaping up to be a short day anyway. I gathered up the group and let them know my plan. Those who did not want to go with me could go to Pioche, we were close enough. We reviewed those directions and everyone but @4WLNRN and @Rawhyd wanted to go that way, they followed me out.  That trail out was very lightly traveled and had some challenging spots. A good fun way to end the weekend.

 

 

Lessons Learned:

  1. Weather forecasts generally lie, it was hotter than anticipated. So next time I go up there it will be earlier in the year. It was a little too warm in the daytime and took a bit to cool down at night.
  2. Bring Liquid IV or some sort of drinks with electrolytes.
  3. Come up with a Plan C to fill in time on the second day if we cover a lot of ground on the first day.

 

All in all this was a great trip with a couple of hiccups but that is how things go sometimes.  Thanks again for coming along everyone!

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On 6/9/2024 at 8:00 PM, shellback91 said:

Lessons Learned:

  1. Weather forecasts generally lie, it was hotter than anticipated. So next time I go up there it will be earlier in the year. It was a little too warm in the daytime and took a bit to cool down at night.
  2. Bring Liquid IV or some sort of drinks with electrolytes.
  3. Come up with a Plan C to fill in time on the second day if we cover a lot of ground on the first day.

 @shellback91 for #2 Drink a big glass of water, put a few rocks of salt in your mouth and let them dissolve slowly. You'd be amazed at how well this works. I carry some of that Pink Himalayan salt with me now.

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