Lovell Summit Road

Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 12/21/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 6800 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Pahrump
Nearest Town w/ Services: Pahrump
Official Road Name: 45569
Management Agency: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest & Bureau of Land Management
District: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area & BLM Las Vegas Field Office
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Highlight: Lovell Summit Road
The scenic Lovell Summit Road is a heavily used backcountry connector route between Lovell Canyon and Trout Canyon. There are many dispersed campsites along the route, and the road is a crucial connector for the continuous backcountry road system on the west side of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Follow the gravel road that crosses the bridge. You will notice some private residences to the north behind the "Do Not Enter" signs further up the asphalt surfaced road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 36.165480, -115.577235

Starting Point: Pahrump, NV

Lovell Summit Road runs generally east/west and can be accessed from Lovell Canyon, Trout Canyon, or by the backcountry connector Fenceline Road. From Lovell Canyon - The trailhead is at the northern terminus of Lovell Canyon Road and is located approximately 11.4 miles north of the intersection of Nevada Highway 160 and Lovell Canyon Road. From Trout Canyon - The trailhead is located approximately 7.6 miles east of the intersection of Nevada Highway 160 and Trout Canyon Road. From the southern terminus of Fenceline Road, the trailhead is approximately 3.0 miles east.



Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Only did part of trail up to 25943 and entered from trout canyon road. I was attending a class at front sight and was looking for a place to tent camp. I found a beautiful place at 5000'. I saw no one else out there the whole time. Lovell was eaay passible with high clearance vehicle but the spurs 25943 and 25944 were rougher and i used 4L. Highly recommend this area for camping close to Parumph!

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We decided to try this trail for some star gazing during the New Moon. It is not great for star gazing but the trail itself is fairly easy and very scenic. The light from LV washes over the mountains and that half of the sky. I would not want to be out there when wet!! It is a hardpack clay/dirt trail that looks like it would be deadly slippery in the wet unless your gear is set up for that challenge. Beautiful sunset at the pass (summit) and plenty of pull offs for camping or relaxing. The wind was howling and the the critters came out soon after sunset. All in all a great trip, we turned around at the summit, having come from the east (Lovell Canyon Rd). Would like to visit again in late afternoon and allow more time to see the canyons and vistas this trail provides.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We were in the Las Vegas area for a few weeks hitting as many trails as we could. We've found some interesting things along the trails but never an rolled and abandoned Jeep. We found a Renegade on it's side on one of the side trails. It looked to be stolen and ditched on a dead end trail. Just in case, we reported the location to authorities. This was our first time out in our recently acquired Jeep TJ. We just wanted an easy route to check for rattles and squeaks. The trail was perfect and we never needed 4x4. There was a little bit of snow and ice on the trail at the higher elevations but wasn't an issue. We connected this with Lovell Summit and out Trout Canyon for an easy scenic two hour drive.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How about WIFI? I am working while boondocking and need WIFI connection....
–Cort (06/11/2021)
–Cort (06/21/2021)
–Brian Hoag (06/21/2021)

Writer Information

Brian Hoag

Mapping Crew - Nevada

Brian has been 4 wheeling since 1976. He first learned at age 7 that "The best things in life are dirty" in a brand new 1958 Jeep FC-170 on his aunts Nebraska farm. That forward control pickup seemed like it would go anywhere and he was hooked, even though he didn't know it yet. Jump forward to 1972... Brian's first duty assignment in the US Air Force was as a vehicle operator assigned to the USAF Survival School at Spokane, Washington. Part of his duties required hauling equipment and transporting vehicles to a remote training area in northern Washington national forest locations, and he often would be asked to take radio equipment to a mountaintop radio antenna site. The road was awful, or at least seemed that way in a 1967 6 passenger Dodge Power Wagon with 45 lbs of pressure in the tires, but it also hooked Brian on backcountry 4x4 exploration. Brian's first 4x4 was a used '76 Ford F150 pickup. It didn't take very long to figure out that the long wheelbase of the pickup didn't work well on the narrow Colorado trails near his home, so he traded for a brand new 1983 Chevy Blazer S10. The S10 was a nice vehicle, but it wasn't a Jeep, and that was what Brian ultimately wanted. Well, it didn't take long to move over to the Jeep brand, and Brian has been the proud owner of 7 Jeeps of one sort or another over the years. Brian has been 4 wheeling from Mexico to Alaska. After moving from Colorado, he ended up in southern Nevada where his current home is completely surrounded by public lands with thousands of miles of back roads and trails to explore. He looks forward to sharing some of the best 4x4 trails in California's Death Valley National Park, and southern Nevada's mountain and desert locations
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