Fenceline Road - Southern Nye County

Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 01/17/2019
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Highlight: Fenceline Road - Southern Nye County
The Fenceline Road backcountry 4x4 route in Southern Nye County has numerous minor and moderate sized washes to negotiate as you cross the alluvial fan created by erosion of the Spring Mountains to the east over millions of years. Great views of Charleston Peak, the Pahrump Valley, and all the way to Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park some 70 miles away can be viewed on the usually clear days. The trail is generally hard packed rock and sand, and the wash crossings can be very steep and even impassable depending on vehicle and driver skill. Grades exceed 30 degrees on the most difficult of wash crossings, but there are bypasses suitable for any stock 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance Be sure to keep your eyes open for Desert Tortoise as this is an area where BLM has released several of these endangered reptiles. This route is an excellent trip for inexperienced drivers wanting to gain experience with wash crossings and associated hill climbs


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn north. If coming from Nevada Highway 160, it's easy to miss the trailhead. Occasionally there is a rock cairn marking the turn, but often not. This is Desert Tortoise habitat so please be watchful for these endangered reptiles. If you encounter one on the trail, the correct way to move it is to carefully lift it only a foot or so off the ground so as not to overly frighten it.

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Starting Point: Pahrump, NV

The Fenceline Road backcountry 4x4 route can be accessed from the north or the south. From the North - From the intersection of Nevada Highway 160 and Carpenter Canyon Road south of Pahrump, head east approximately 4.2 miles to the cattle guard. Turn south (right) onto Fenceline Road. If coming from Loop Boundary Road, from the intersection of Carpenter Canyon Road and Loop Boundary Road, head east to the cattle guard and turn south (left) just before the guard. From the South - From the intersection of Trout Canyon Road and Nevada Highway 160 south of Pahrump, turn east approximately 4.6 miles to the trailhead. Turn north (left) onto Fenceline Road. If coming from Lovell Canyon via Lovell Summit Road, at the intersection of Trout Canyon Road and Lovell Sumit Road, head west approximately 3.0 miles to the trailhead. Turn North (right) onto Fenceline Road



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Q: I just bought my retirement home in Pahrump and I would love more information on places to wheel. are there any rock crawling spots?
–RONNY (01/07/2018)
–Paul Cunningham (05/07/2018)
–JimmyLee Smith (01/19/2018)
–Brian Hoag (01/08/2018)

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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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