Written by Renee Aldrich
In August 2015, Dan and I headed out on a 10-day journey. The plan was to spend the 10 days biking around eastern Nevada. But as life and journey would have it we spent five 5 days biking and 5 days car camping due to an injury that would flare up while pedaling. It was a gorgeous, fun and challenging 10 days. We stopped at recreation areas, wilderness areas, state wildlife management areas, state parks and national parks.
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Day 1: Reno to Ward Mountain Rec. Area
We drove from Reno to Ely, packed up in Ely then biked a short distance from Ely to Ward Mountain Recreation Area. The campground at Ward Mountain is gorgeous, well kept, and when we were there pretty darn empty. We highly recommend it!
Day 2: Ward Mountain to Wayne E. Kirch WMA
This day was a long and rough one. It was a 70-mile day, but we weren't too worried about it because it was mostly downhill. However, we ended up having a huge headwind that annihilated any downhill advantage we had. It took us way longer to get to Kirch than expected, but we made it. We didn't quite make the spot we intended on camping at, but close enough for a short ride into the main campground in the morning.
Day 3: Wayne E. Kirch WMA
My Birthday!!! We rode our bikes the few miles to the main campground where we found a nice spot, unpacked and relaxed! We were wiped after our long day the day before and we had planned this as a rest day—which we needed more than we had expected. We chilled at camp and Dan gave me some wonderful B-Day presents consisting mostly food and sweets since we were on the road. In the evening we headed over to the warm springs and soaked our aching bodies.
Day 4: Up and Over Shingle Pass
When we woke up, we took another dip in the warm springs, then hit the road. This section of the ride was fantastic! I would recommend it to anyone who likes to bike. The ride up Shingle Pass was a bit steep, but very doable, and very beautiful. We did have a leak in one of our dromedaries which soaked some of our stuff and made water a bit tight for the next day. Luckily bikes make great drying racks.
Day 5: Ward Charcoal Ovens and Cave Lake State Park
We determined this would be our last day on our bikes because Dan's foot got injured and hurt him very much while pedaling, but didn't bother him too much while hiking and playing.
We road our bikes to Ward Charcoal Oven Historic State Nevada Park and enjoyed it's history and the beauty of the ovens. We then road our bikes into Ely where we swapped our bikes for our truck and boots. We drove to Cave Lake Nevada State Park for the night.
Day 6: Cave Lake State Park
We love Cave Lake State Park! We spent two nights here. We went swimming, hiking and watched the cannon go off! We may have even gone midnight skinny dipping, shhhhhhh! The camp host was amazing and although it was busy we found a campsite at the top that was away from the crowds and perfect for us. If you get out to Ely visit Cave Lake State Park!
Day 7: Cave Lake to Great Basin National Park
We said goodbye to Cave Lake and headed over to Great Basin National Park, where it rained on us hard! Since it was raining, we decided we might as well take the Lehman Cave tour. It was awesome! Caves, especially ones of this scale, are just amazing, geology is amazing and I want to learn so much more about it. We then headed up to the upper campground and since it was raining so hard many people were fleeing the area leaving us with a plethora of campsite options.
Day 8: Hike up Wheeler Peak and Driving Over Kalamazoo Pass
We woke up early in the morning to get a good start on hiking Wheeler Peak. Stella Lake is a little off the main trail, but we decided it would be worth a visit for a breakfast stop. We were gifted with gorgeous morning light and a great reflection of Wheeler Peak in the lake. The hike was long, but good. It started out clear, but by the end of the day the thunderstorm started rolling in. After our hike, we left the park and headed to the Schell Creek Range where we headed over Kalamazoo Pass, which is a cool and beautiful pass. We camped and relaxed at a little campground on west side of the Schell Creek Range.
Day 9: Hike Up North Schell Peak and Back To Cave Lake
We woke up and decided to go for a hike. We were planning on just going for a little hike since we were pretty sore from our big hike up Wheeler Peak yesterday. But as adventure would have it we ended up hiking all the way up North Schell Peak. The Schell Creek Range was gorgeous and the hike up the peak had great views and we sort of raced thunderstorms to get to the peak. It's always so much fun to start out for a "small" hike and end up climbing a mountain! Afterward we went back and camped one more night at Cave Lake.
Day 10: The Journey Home
Oh, the last day of our awesome vacation. We didn't want it to be over, so we meandered our way home, taking our sweet time. We stopped at Illipah Reservoir to go for a walk and check out the water. After that we continued our drive west on Highway 50, stopping at hot springs to sooth and relax our tired muscles and help ease our way back into our daily lives.
Oh and we can't forget, our stop at Middlegate Station for some monster burgers, yum!
Then on to home.
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