Mt Bike across NV on the Great Basin Bike Route

 Ride the Great Basin Bike Route!


GBBR Highlights

·        Lake Tahoe State Park and the famous Flume Trail

·        The Ponderosa…that’s right…Hoss and Little Joe!

·        Washoe Lake State Park

·        Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

·        Ft Churchill State Park

·        Pony Express Trail

·        Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

·        The Central Nevada Highlands

·        Ghost Town of Ophir

·        Historic Eureka

·        Ward Charcoal Ovens State Monument

·        Cave Lake State Park

·        Great Basin National Park

The Route

This is a 12 day, unsupported mt. bike ride across central Nevada on mostly dirt and graveled roads. Aptly dubbed the Great Basin Bike Route(GBBR), it starts in beautiful north Lake Tahoe at the CA/NV state line at Crystal Bay, NV and ends at the NV/UT state line in Border, Nevada. It can also be ridden in reverse...ending with an unforgettable descent into the Tahoe Basin down the famous Flume Trail. Riders traverse some of Nevada’s most rugged and isolated landscapes during the crossing. Many of Nevada’s highest and most impressive ranges transect the route. The GBBR is not along Hwy 50, the “Loneliest Road in America”. This route is much lonelier, more isolated and more scenic. Mountain bikes were built for this kind or riding and Nevada offers some of the finest mountain terrain, weather conditions and trail systems anywhere in the U.S. This ride is extremely remote and potentially dangerous. Riders should be mentally and physically prepared for the extreme demands of riding this route.

No Support - you are on your own!

There are two options for attempting this route:

1. Bring your own SAG crew or

2. carry your own gear.

All riders and their SAG crew assume all risk and responsibility. Mountain Bike Nevada(MTBNV) accepts no money and is not responsible for the safety, equipment, communication, transportation, meals, accommodations, fees, permits or other logistics of riding the GBBR. Route finding and mapping skills are essential as all riders are responsible for themselves along the route. Individual emergency plans and communication devices are required for all riders. It is also recommended to have a "bail-out ride" lined up in case you can not complete the crossing. 




Gear and Camps

Besides a good XC mt bike, some riders may use a B.O.B.-style trailer or panniers to carry their gear. This is an option for the rugged and dedicated riders. Others may opt to enlist friends and family to SAG for them. SAG supported riders can ride lighter and faster with the comfort of knowing someone is setting up camp and preparing dinner. Also, it is extremely convenient if it is necessary to get supplies or get someone off the trail. A good tent, mat and sleeping bag is a must for all riders and SAG.  

Camps are a mix of tent camping and some hotel stays.  Nevada State Parks are hosts for camping at Washoe Lake S.P., Ft Churchill .S.P., Berlin-Ichthyosaur S. P. and Cave Lake S. P. Other camps will be on private ranch land such as the historic Potts Ranch and Hotsprings in the Monitor Valley and the rustic Green Springs Ranch in Railroad Valley. We have permission to camp here, but we must leave it(better) than the way we found it. Hotel stays are possible in Crystal Bay, Gabbs, Carvers, Eureka, Preston/Lund and Border.

Riders are responsible for putting up and breaking down their own tents, preparing their own meals and leaving a NO TRACE campsite behind.


You don't need to be Superman...but you do need a  fair amount of training and time in the saddle. Each day is self paced...we are not racing. However, we average about 50+ miles per day and you must keep on the move in order to get from A to B to C each day.  If you are a road cyclist, 50 miles may not be that much. But in the dirt, loaded down with gear, towing a trailer and climbing a mountain range(or two) nearly every day...the daily mileage requires most of our daylight and endurance. It is highly recommended that you ride at least 2-3 days a week and try to log a minimum 200 miles per month to prepare. Train loaded down just as you would on the route. The better you are trained, the more you will enjoy each day.