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G-Loop Ward Mountain Recreation Area

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

There are many variations and several well marked trails. G loop starts off with smooth wide single track (narrow double track that hasn't had any motorized vehicles on it for years)which makes a gradual climb through juniper/pine forests (7500 ft elevation) then steeper single track which switchbacks up through fur, aspen, and mahogony forests (approx 8500 to 9000 ft elevation), then over a shoulder and down a winding fast single track down the other side and around the foot of the shoulder you've just climbed then back to the trail head. If you're in the area and want a local to show you the trails, give me a call or e-mail me in advance.
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Latitude
39.2152313091049
Longitude
-114.971923828125
Trail Directions
Take highway 6 heading south out of Ely. At the top of Murry Summit about seven miles from town, turn left at the sign for Ward Mountain/Murry Summit campgrounds and drive about one mile to the end of the road to the South trail head. There's a detailed sign here with all of the trails in the area. The North trail head is about 1/4 mile before the turn off for Ward Mountain campground to the right.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ely
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 31, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ROAD WARRIOR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
great trail! G loop can be ridden in 1 hr. and is mostly single track. the tread is all loose dirt no hardpack at all. will do a lot of sliding around. great non tec. tr. just too short. need more people to ride it to pack it down. lot of other non single track trails in area.

Recommended Route:
go behind warming hut, and follow st up to dirt road then turnaroud and follow the st that is between the road and the trail you just came from and enjoy a 3 mi easy downhill ride. tr will go almost to rt 6 and then go back up to the warming hut.



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Review Date
July 10, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mountaingirl1961 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very enjoyable trail with nice views, great foliage, fun downhill and a super series of whoops. Not difficult at all if you're cool with the altitude. Otherwise I imagine it could be a bit of a grind. Nice trail surface with few technical bits. There are a few missing signposts in places, but use your noggin and you'll end up back at your car. On the backside of the loop, after you've come off of the high point and subsequent downhill, you're offered an unmarked choice between singletrack (to the left) and fire road. Stick with the singletrack - I'm not all that sure it's part of the G Loop, but it will get you back where you're headed and it's a bunch of fun. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because it was too short. I wish it had gone on for another 10 miles - very sweet.



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Review Date
September 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jane ,  Cross Country Rider , from nevada city

Summary:
Definitely worth a stop if you're traveling on Hwy 50. If you like narrow twisty fast singletrack you won't find a better piece of it anywhere. I would have rated it 5/5 instead of 4/5 if the good section wasn't so short (but it's easy to ride the better and best parts twice by looping back up to the warming hut). Other than a nice change of scenery if you're not local, the route is ho hum except for that sweet short stretch. Yes it can be loose and if you're having fun you may go down! These towns in Nevada that are trying to promote mtb tourism would do well to use this good stretch of singletrack as a model and build or publicize more of it!

Recommended Route:
Follow Kent's directions below for easy route finding if you have basic route-finding common sense. GPS would be way overkill for the basic route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Would like to find more singletrack here--anybody know of any?



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Review Date
August 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: imtnbke ,  Cross Country Rider , from Oakland, Calif., USA

Summary:
The Ward Mountain Recreation Area provides a pleasant break if you're driving across Nevada on U.S. Highway 50 and need to get in an hour-long ride.

Trails like this, though, make me glad I bought a Garmin GPS device. The G Loop is well marked with wands near the Ward Mountain Recreation Area parking lot, but near the top less so, and on the back side even less. You'll see wands with no G on them and intersections with no wand at all. When I rode it in late July of 2003, few other people had been on it recently and there were no tracks to follow.

So if you don't have a GPS navigator, you'll sometimes have to find your way by visual landmarks, using U.S. Highway 6 as a reference, and it will be difficult. The BLM and USFS provide a brochure at the trailhead, but it's little help. The brochure is optimistically headlined "Experience the Unexpected!" but if you don't have a GPS device or go with a local rider, the unexpected and unwelcome is what you're likely to experience.

There's about 800 feet of climbing on the G Loop. The trailhead lies about 7,375 feet, and the top is about 8,000--not 8,500 to 9,000 feet as mentioned elsewhere on this page, assuming the route hasn't changed.

The trail is pleasant and offers scenic views. But the soil is loose and grabs at the front wheel. You may have to maneuver gingerly through turns to avoid sliding out.

The high altitude may affect you if you're coming from sea level. Also, do not ride if you see threatening clouds -- thunderstorms are common in warm weather, and the accompanying lightning is dangerous.

Recommended Route:
I recommend riding the G Loop counterclockwise, i.e., go to the right shortly after the trailhead and proceed up the hill, rather than to the left and slightly downhill. Doing it this way, you climb to a ridge from which you can hazard a guess at the route. Going the other way, the lack of signage and of visible landmarks is going to make the trip more confusing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Ward Mountain Recreation Area brochure lists Loops A through L. Loops A through E are on the northwest side of U.S. Highway 6, G through L are on the southeast side, and F crosses the highway. Fol



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Review Date
January 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kent Robertson , from Ely, NV

Summary:
As you leave the trail head follw the signs for Loop G on a smooth wide path which gradually climbs up towards Ward Mountain for about two miles until you reach the warming hut. The last two hundred yard start to get a little steep. If you're not use to the elevation, this will get your heart rate up and your lungs huffing. At the warming hut turn left directly behind the hut (it's marked loop G) onto a single track which switchbacks further up the hill to a shoulder with incredible views of the surrounding country in four directions. Breathtaking! While you're at it you may want to stop and take a breath. The trail is quite steep but very ridable in small chain ring and second or third cog. It's a little bit of a challenge to clean all the switchbacks, but not bad. At the top of the ridge the trail turns up the ridge skirting the left side for another mile or so then stays relatively level as you follow the contour of the hill around the mountain for another mile or so through pine and mahogany. In late spring, early summer this trail is full of wild flowers. Soon the trail starts heading downward still skirting the side hill of the large shoulder you've just pedalled over and eventually dumps you out about half way up the old ski hill (there used to be an old rope tow for skiing here back in the fifties but nothing remains now). At the bottom of this short straight kind of bumpy decent, before you meet the road, make a hard left onto a fairly visible single track which continues fast , winding, and furious down the hill parralleling the dirt road about 100 yds up the hill. Eventually you lose sight of the dirt road as the trail descends into the thicker pinyon and fur forest. This eventually dumps you out onto a rarely used double track (turn right)for about a quarter mile then watch for the single track veering off to the left for some more single track fun through the trees. You'll see the road again off to your right as the trail opens up into a meadow, then a short burned area and sagebrush lower down. Watch out for cedar and sagebrush stumps hidden in the grass in this part. The trail then makes a short climb back over the lower end of the same shoulder you climbed to the top of earlier and winds through the pinyon and juniper for another mile or so before dumping you onto another double track. Turn left here (the trail naturally veers this way) and ride up the double track about a half mile then make a right to take a short fast cut back to the parking lot or continue up the double track which eventually takes you to the warming hut, then turn right and retrace your path down the smooth rolling wide path you ascended at the first of the ride back down to the parking lot. Fun! The trail is not used much by mountain bikes on the higher section above the warming hut so the surface is still a little loose and bumpy in some places on from game. Keep your eyes open and you're likely to see deer or elk. Fun trail. About an hour ride.

Recommended Route:
Start at the South Trail head and follow the signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
F Loop. You can cross over at the bottom of F Loop and come up and meet G loop to make a longer ride(about an hour and a half total).



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