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off road driving
1 day ago

Went up Saturday morning in my 2018 Tacoma off road.
Stock no mods, all weather tires, literally got it two days ago.
Trail was well maintained. We were behind an explorer that couldn’t make it up half way. .
Lots of hikers on the trail.
Definitely a fun trip.
Upper lake was beautiful.

off road driving
1 day ago

Gorgeous lakes. My brother and I drove up to Upper Sardine. People say it’s a gnarly road up, and while Subarus won’t make it up, my mild Toyota made it up without a single scratch. I highly, highly, recommend camping at Upper Sardine... We had it to ourselves and could see the PACKED campsite at Lower Sardine from where we set up camp.

We hiked to Sierra Buttes Lookout from Upper Sardine. What an incredible hike! Highly recommend it!

hiking
23 days ago

Went early there were a bunch of family’s at the lower lakes but if ya hike up the 4 wheel rd and hang a left around the lake there’s great swimming spots with a good Mt. backdrop.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great 4x4 for beginners. A couple of minor tricky spots but nothing to worry about. Make sure to check where you are on the app, a couple of turns you can miss easily. The view at the end of Watson Peak Road is 100% worth the journey up there!

off road driving
1 month ago

We actually drove the trail. The beginning of the trail posts a sign that lets you know you can hike, bike or drive it. Really needs to be a 4x4 of sorts. Great drive and outstanding lakes. You start with one lake and then go up to a second lake. Amazing!

off road driving
1 month ago

Sardine lakes did not disappoint! It’s absolutely stunning, if you’re thinking about making a trip there do it! There’s campgrounds very close to the lake and there were very few people there for it being a Saturday at noon. For those who want to go to wheel up the trail, here’s some good info for you. The trail is extremely rocky, so having skid plates will help a ton. It’s also extremely skinny, and there are only a couple points to turn around. I wouldn’t recommend taking a full size truck up. I took my 03 Ranger (3” Lift, 33’s and it’s 2 wheel drive but it has a rear locker). The trail is so skinny that my truck barely fit in some parts. There’s a few big rocks that can’t be avoided that will 100% contact the underside of your truck unless you’ve got a rig on 40’s or a huge lift. I was joined at the end of the trail by a Tacoma and 4Runner (both lifted with a/t tires) and watched a nice 4x4 f150 (stock height and Tires) get pretty messed up on this trail. He had to back down about a 1/4 of the way and banged his truck up pretty good. Overall, a fun and not very challenging trail if you’ve got a decent rig and some driver skill. If you’ve got any questions you can find me on Instagram @jakeramirez99 and I’d be happy to give you any info about this trail you want.

off road driving
1 month ago

Really good spot for beginners, awesome views.

off road driving
2 months ago

Green gate to forest service road 71 is closed.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun little run to take on a nice day up to Virginia City, only one small sketchy area that has a big of a run off. Cool photos to take along the way. Any 4x4 shouldn’t have an issue

Dogs and I loved it. I'm on a 3wheeler handicap scooter and could navigate with ease.

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking !!! My fave place soo far.

The map only shows the western half of the road, which takes you another 30 miles to Verdi, Nv. I took two days going west to east, camping at Jackson Meadows reservoir the first night. From camptonville, it climbs quickly and you pass the original toll house as you climb to the top of the ridge . You'll thread this ridge as it takes you all the way to Jackson Meadows. The entire route has remarkably gentle grades but the road does get rubbly in places . Biggest concern on my trip was fallen trees across the road, and there were Many. Passage around them (many had been trimmed a bit by chainsaws) was quite tight along a few sections of wall road . Trees are dying up there in the millions nowadays , so maybe take a chain saw if you are hell bent on not turning back .Two quick stretches of pavement mar an otherwise clean run of dirt from the California gold country on the western slope to dang-near Reno . This is not a dramatic route , but seeing Reno to the east as I came down the last pass was pretty cool . This is the route the Donner Party wishes it had found .

off road driving
4 months ago

I've been driving this trail for years, it's a good short beginner trial with some fun more challenging offshoots. Right now in March 2018 it's got some lower areas that are pretty washed out, but as long you have a basic 4x4 you should be fine.

I've been wanting to check this trail out for quite some time. I hiked it after several nights of snow, with melting during the day. Looked like all of the tracks from the 4X4's were headed down hill, the mud was quite slippery. They must have done some work to the road as there were no large rocks, no deep ruts. Very pretty area, minimal sounds from the highway. Hoped to see some mustangs, only saw tracks. Glad that I hiked it, I've been up rougher roads in rental cars!

off road driving
5 months ago

Good trail to hit when heading from Reno to Virgina city. a lot of loose good size rocks. 4x4 with good clearance or skid plates recommended. took about 30 minutes or so. close to 4 miles .

Nice and easy for a New Year's Day hike!

off road driving
6 months ago

Very fun shorter trail. Definitely would rate moderate for anyone in a full size truck, easy on an ATV or maybe a two door Jeep (anything narrow with a short wheelbase). Did this trail in my Tundra crew cab, and barely fit in a couple places, plus the trail winds along 70-100 foot drop offs in certain points (not as easy when your tires are on the edge). Very rocky in certain places, so be careful not to pop a tire, and watch for other traffic on the trail because passing is extremely difficult on most of the route. Amazing views and took about 40 minutes to complete at a slow comfortable pace. Would definitely do it again, and if I were in a more narrow vehicle I’m sure it would be even more fun and a little less hair raising.

hiking
7 months ago

easy drive with clear roads. saw two other couples the 2.5 hours we were there. one driving down on the jeep road/path and one walking down. basically had the place to ourselves. kids had a blast with the snowball fight. stunning views that look like a fake background drop. easy hike.

Started out pretty rough and some narrow passes. Definitely needed four wheel drive in this area. I would call this section moderate not easy. Very beautiful views, we were in our 4x4 Jeep and we had to move very slow on this section. Then about half way it looked much better and probably maintained by the county. From there on out there was still very pretty views but that section was easy. There are a few homesteads in the easier section so that is probably why the road was better.

hiking
10 months ago

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
10 months ago

It was really pretty! Met lots of cool people too and took home some gorgeous rocks

hiking
10 months ago

Very rocky road to upper Sardine Lake watch your step. Great views well worth the short hike. No crowds during this September hike.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

We've camped at Sardine Lake for years and always make the hike up to Upper Sardine Lake. Saw this hike on All Trails which extends the trail past the dam at Upper Sardine. The trail at this point is difficult to follow and requires a little rock scrambling. We go past the dam but did not take the trail to the end as it was not marked.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Loved this trail wasn't to difficult or hard to find. A few people tried to make it part way with their 4x4 and I applaud them, a few did make it and were rewarded with some amazing camping spots. Wish I would have brought my inter tube to float The views are AH-mazing!!

on Sardine Lakes

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wow! Fantastic views and a great place for some kayaking or stand up paddling or boating. A very popular weekend place as well.

on Sardine Lakes

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great views of the Buttes. Lower Sardine Lake was highly trafficked with people/canoes/boats as it has a resort right next to it but I found Upper Sardine Lake much more peaceful. I don't think this trail was quite four miles. It was uphill but pretty easy.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

I would not rate this as lightly trafficked, especially near lower Sardine. We got to the area around 1130am this morning and it was a zoo. Once you get away from Lower Sardine, things quiet down a little bit. We enjoyed some swimming in Upper Sardine. It's hard to beat the mountain backdrop for a swim up there. The trail is shared with some off road vehicles so you have to dodge a jeep here and there but it's not bad. Very pretty!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Need a four wheel with high clearance to get past the first stream and then other water crossings. Lake is beautiful and even had some snow this weekend (June 11) Looks like nice beach and trails. I look forward to another trip in summer!

off road driving
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Very quick and simple trail that any stock jeep or 4x4 truck could manage. Some off trail breakaways are fun to explore, some many need experience or modifications. Great overall for beginners or experienced looking for a quick 4x4 fix.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful view of the buttes!

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