David Spicer is looking for a few good mountain bikers. In particular, the ones that are willing to handle a shovel, rake, Pulaski, or McCloud, and be ready to be part of something amazing. David established the STORM-OV (Saving Toads thru Off Road Racing, Ranching and Mining in Oasis Valley) to help save his community by building trails to provide a destination and experience for mountain bikers. Beatty, Nevada is a small rural town approximately 95 miles north on Interstate 95 that is beyond the viewing range of Area 51. Beatty is a town which reminds me, at first glance, of Radiator Springs from the Pixar movie, Cars: small stores, old Western store fronts, tall rocky mountains peaking from the downtown mainstreet which is lined with mom-n-pop markets, restaurants, and gas stations. A comfortable relaxing little town. Gorgeous. Here, on Spicer Ranch, trails are starting to take shape leading out onto BLM land and beyond. Approximately 7 miles are already laid with more flagged ready to be built.
David has taken on this task all on his own with help from friends and volunteers. He has worked with BLM to enable his dream to access their land and with the help of a contractor, is designing the trails to be built properly, with sustainablity and longevity in mind. Overall, he has plans for well over 100 miles of trails and to transform Beatty into a destination for mountain bikers. Today, in 2015, you are in the burgeoning mecca of moutain biking – Beatty, Caliente, Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas. People are talking, it’s time you become a part of this.
David is building on a daily continual basis and needs your help. You can stay on his ranch, camp, or stay at a motel with discounts. If you feel that you want to be part of something huge, please see the information below, and contact David. We hope to work with him to put on a moutain bike festival for trail opening day before summer starts – TRAILS TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SOON!! – Thanks! – Erik Montville, SNMBA President
There are 4 distinct trails currently under construction at the Spicer Ranch.
1. Spicer Ranch Trail – 2.5 Miles. This is a rolling trail of moderate difficulty that travels past ponds and active quarries. You will travel to the eastern most reaches of the Ranch before looping back around South Pond and returning to the trail head. You can reach the Southpond Mountain Trail from this route.
2. STORM Trail – .75 Miles. This easy route travels along a lush green meadow with a natural seep where you may hear toads and see other wild life. It is quite a treat to see green grass and water in a desert environment. You can access the Spicer Ranch Trail and Dynamite Trail for this route.
3. Southpond Mountain Trail – 1 Mile. This intermediate trail is a mellow climb up to the top of Southpond Mountain. From here you will be able to view the entire Ranch and Valley below. Once on top you can take a small loop and head back down the way you came. – Please give downhill riders the right-of way so they don’t no go over the handle bars and into the rocks trying to get out of your way.
4. Dynamite Trail. 2 Miles. Named for the exploratory mining long ago, this trail is all its name suggests. It will hand you 1650 Ft of climbing over just 2 miles. To ride or hike this trail will take good physical and technical skills. It will be Dy-No-Mite!
He will be working weekdays from 8 a.m. til 5 p.m. and weekends 7 a.m. till about 3p.m. Volunteers are welcome to camp overnite, by ponds and pasture, including firewood, or discounted motel pricing is available at:
El Portal (775) 553-2912
420 W. Main Street
Beatty, NV 89003
Discount from $65/nite to $50.00
If you would like to volunteer contact Dave Spicer @ Storm-OV (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Las Vegas
Hwy 95 North to Beatty
At Stop Sign in Beatty turn Right
7 Miles, Right Turn Boiling Pot Road