Henness Pass Road is a 39.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Verdi, Nevada that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is best used from May until November.
off road driving
The road is interesting mainly for its historical value. It was a main route connecting the California gold fields and the Comstock Lode in western Nevada in the late 1850s to 1868, when the Central Pacific Railroad route over Donner Pass was completed. The road is easily navigable by 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicles with adequate ground clearance. Portions on the eastern side of the summit are very rocky. Views are fairly mundane and few artifacts remain.
Nice fireroad with a few options for exploring. Sections are rough but generally the road can be traveled in 2 wheel cars, trucks, etc. 4x4 not required in good conditions. Nice scenery along the way. Used as an alternate commute route when i80 is backed up for RenoTruckee or vice versa.