Coming home from Sea Otter we stopped in Winnemucca for the night. The next morning a quick Google search for MTB trails in central Nevada led us to the Bloody Shins area right outside town.
Gotta say it was a real treat to find some great MTB specific trails out where we expected none. It’s fun, swoopy and fast. Even the “green” singletrack trails are a blast.
We started out at the trailhead on the east side of town – just past the high school. From there we worked a generally counter clockwise loop hitting the Snake, Lizard and Afterthought trails while gaining elevation toward the back of the system. Afterthought is a great trail to climb – skinny, turny and designed so that there are a lot of breaks in the climb. Really nice work in trail design. The “intermediate” loop takes you out to the Lost Forest area where there were a ton of other unmarked singletrack trails crossing. Wished we had more time to explore around more.
Oh yeah, I love finding rusty shot-up cars in the desert – that’s another reason I loved this ride so much! It’s worth a stop if you’re traveling through on I-80.