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Wentworth Springs

Pollock Pines, California

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West Buck

Blue Mountain, Arkansas

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West Fork Illinois Bayou Access - Hector, Arkansas
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.2 Miles
Duration: 5 minutes
Status: Open

West Fork Illinois Bayou Access

Hector, Arkansas

The focal point of this trail is the Bayou access. This short, one person wide, 50 foot trail leads straight to the water. You can utilize this as a nice little fishing hole, but beware the wildlife (snakes), and there is a small portion during the walk of rocks to traverse at 25% slope (aprox 2') that can be treacherous.

West Magnolia

Rollinsville, Colorado

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Weston Pass

Fairplay, Colorado

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West Side Road - Death Valley National Park - Furnace Creek, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 36.6 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

West Side Road - Death Valley National Park

Furnace Creek, California

Don't be fooled by the easy 4x4 trail rating, this Death Valley National Park backcountry route has a history of being deadly for the unprepared. Almost every year some unfortunate gets stuck, breaks down, and in some cases just wander off and perish along this road.

This 37-mile backcountry route runs below sea level for its entire length. It was the original route of the 20 Mule Team Borax wagons out of Death Valley and offers the only access to the east side of the Panamint Mountains south of Furnace Creek. Along the route, mining was active at the Queen of Sheba mine as recently as 1970, Hungry Bill had a small farm and mining operation in Johnson Canyon that he supplied miners with fresh vegetables. The infamous Charles Manson and his followers were captured at Barker Ranch which is on the west side of the Panamint Mountains and accessible from the Butte Valley Road that intersects West Side Road. Death Valley Shorty, a former Buffalo Bill Wild West Show performer and famous flim-flam man for which Scotty's Castle is named, is buried along the road. There are the remains of old borax works and the nearly impassable Devil's Golf Course geologic formation is comprised of evaporated salt.

West White Pine Mountain - Fort Collins, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.8 Miles
Status: Closed

West White Pine Mountain

Fort Collins, Colorado

West White Pine was severely damaged during the September 2013 floods and has been closed since. The Forest Service is still working on repairing these areas all across the Northern Front Range and this road is not a priority. After a conversation with the resident living across from the trailhead, there is reason to believe the trail will never be opened again. Currently, a large log is laying across the trail about 100 yards up from Buckhorn Rd with signs posted stating the current closure. For More information click the link below.

USFS West White Pine Page

Whale Hill

Colorado

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Wheeler Geological Area

Colorado

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Wheeler Lake - Alma, Colorado
Technical Rating: 5-7
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.0 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Closed

Wheeler Lake

Alma, Colorado

This off-road trail offers breathtaking alpine scenery and challenging obstacles in Breckenridge, Colorado's back yard and is only 1.5 hours from Denver, Colorado. You'll be in constant awe from Montgomery Reservoir, to the Magnolia Mill, all the way up the valley to Wheeler Lake itself. The town of Montgomery started in 1861 after the discovery of gold in the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. The town boomed and soon had up to 70 cabins, 2 hotels, and 2 sawmills that ran all day and night. You can still look around this trail and see many stumps left of the trees that were used to build this town. Just a year later in 1862 the town flourished and had 150 cabins and 6 mills used to process the gold ore. In celebration of Colorado becoming a territory, the town sent President Lincoln a gold bar and named one of the highest peaks in the area in his honor. Eventually the gold became exhausted and only a few residents remained. 19 years later in 1881, silver ore was discovered and the town was populated once again.

At the beginning of Wheeler Lake, you will drive through the Magnolia Mill site. Formerly named the Eddy Mill. It used the MacArthur-Forrest process to treat the ore that came from the Magnolia Mine, which is located 1,200 feet above the mill on North Star Mountain. In 1917, the Commonwealth Mining Company purchased the mine and mill and expanded the mine shortly after. Built between the mill and mine was a 3,800 foot tramway, which still can be seen in the trees today.

By the late 1940s, there were only ruins left in the town of Montgomery. The City of Colorado Springs later purchased the site in the 1960s and cleared out what remained. A dam was constructed and now the town site sits below the waters of the Montgomery Reservoir.

Wheeler Pass  - Las Vegas, Nevada
Technical Rating: 1-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 28.0 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

Wheeler Pass

Las Vegas, Nevada

Wheeler Pass is located approximately 50 miles Northwest of Las Vegas in the Spring Mountain National Recreation area. Wheeler Pass Road was previously known as the road from Bennett's Ranch to Indian Creek. Bennett's Ranch was settled in 1875 in the Pahrump Valley. Indian Creek was a ranch owned by a small group of Indians. Now known as Indian Springs. It's history includes being a station on the Tonopah and Las Vegas railroad. Currently, it is part of the Creech Air Force base.

As you travel towards the trail head, you may encounter wild horses on the roads and the surrounding areas.

On the trail, travelers will pass the Charcoal kilns. The Tecopa Charcoal Ovens in Wheeler Wash were built in 1875 by Nehemiah (“Red”) Clarke. Per information on a sign posted at the site in the past: These beehive-shaped structures are the remains of three charcoal making kilns and one Lime Kiln built for Jonas Osborne in 1877. He designed and built a big furnace to smelt over 20 tons of silver and lead ore each day in the boom town of Tecopa, California in January of 1878. Forty-four men attempted to keep the furnace working by cutting and hauling the ore, and feeding and constantly repairing the furnace. It completely failed and was abandoned in the fall of 1878.

As this area of the Spring Mountains had the best and closest source of wood, the kilns were setup here and the charcoal produced was carried by horse-drawn wagons about 50 miles to the Tecopa Smelter. Evidence shows only tree limbs were cut in fuel and no extensive tree cutting was done. A single kiln has an estimated capacity of 35 cords of wood which would produce 50 bushels of charcoal, enough charcoal to produce one tone of silver-lead ore. Wood for the kilns was provided by Harsha White, who operated a saw mill in Clark Canyon, and was in partnership with Nehemiah Clarke. Unfortunately, the kilns have not been able to withstand time, weather and vandalism. The remnants can still be seen.

Don't forget to bring sunscreen, water, snacks and your camera.

Wheeler Pass Cutoff Road

Pahrump, Nevada

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Whispering Pine

Dahlonega, Georgia

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White Bark Vista - Shaver Lake, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

White Bark Vista

Shaver Lake, California

White Bark Vista provides off-road enthusiasts a great 1/2 day trip up the mountain above Fresno. Upon reaching the White Bark Vista Overlook, you will be introduced to some amazing views of the High Sierra Mountains and valleys below.

White CK Connector

Blue Mountain, Arkansas

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White House Canyon Road / FR 62A

Green Valley, Arizona

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White Owl Lake - Dotsero, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.0 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Not Reported

White Owl Lake

Dotsero, Colorado

White Owl Lake is a connecting road to a large network of trails in the White River National Forest. It takes you through the hills of the Flat Tops, over several valleys, and past 3 lakes. White Owl is a connector trail to several other more challenging trails where 4x4 and high clearance will be mandatory. Overall it's an easy road for a nice relaxing drive with some incredible scenery and good fishing spots.

White Rim

Moab, Utah

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White Rock Road - Las Vegas, Nevada
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

White Rock Road

Las Vegas, Nevada

White Rock Road located in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. This short trail is an easy drive up to a flat camping that can easily fit 5-8 vehicles and tents in the area with fantastic views of the desert valley and an entrance for hiking into the White Rock Canyon.

White Top Mountain Road

California

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