The Round Mountain trail is part of the Bonanza Off-Highway Vehicle Tour in a historic mining area. The trail begins immediately off Highway 285 near the abandoned town of Alder. The east half of the trail starts off smooth but becomes rough as it ascends over 3000 feet up Round Mountain on a narrow and sometimes steep trail with loose rocks. Passing opposing traffic is difficult in this area, and pinstripes are guaranteed in the tight sections. The summit of Round Mountain offers great views. Continuing the trail down the west side takes you past several historic mining sites and into the mostly abandoned, remote mining town of Bonanza. The west side is more mild than the east side and not as narrow.
The hardest part of the trail is on the east side approaching the summit, where it is steep, loose, and narrow, with limited passing spots. The trail can be traversed by any stock high-clearance vehicle with 4WD and a low range.
Camping is limited to only a few suitable spots along the trail.
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