“An easy desert ride through sage, pinyon pine, and juniper.”
— Kem Kough
An easy beginner to intermediate loop that can be done most of the year through the Nanny Creek
Need to Know
The Beginner Loop can be started in five min from I-80 if you use the Pequop Ranch exit and will take about an hour. Six Mile Road
and Pequop Ranch Road are primitive dirt roads with many primitive campsites (no water or facilities).
The roads are single lane but you can camp or park anywhere as long as you don't block the road. The fence line road where Lupine Trail
and Prickly Pear
trails end has no parking as it is narrow. One option if you don't camp is to stay in Wells (25 miles west), bike the trails, and then stay in Wendover (35 miles east) or visa versa depending on your direction of travel.
There is no parking area but the dirt road is wide here and accommodates parallel parking on either side of the road. This ride is half of the distance of Pequop Penelope and one quarter of the climb. It is located in the foothills of the Pequop Mountains and can be warm in the summer noon hours.
It is mostly singletrack in sage, pinyon pine, and juniper between five and six thousand feet. The trail has a bypass by the Pequop Ranch through several gates. This ride is mainly done down Prickly Pear
and up Lupine Trail
but can be done in either direction. Cows can be on the trail during several months of the year.
History & Background
Formerly the beginner race course with the Wild Rockies Series.