Expect and Prepare

Expect snow and cold weather when hiking this section in May and June. 

Study the year’s snowpack and be prepared for the amount. 

Check the weather and bring the proper gear. 

Getting to Jarbidge From Murphy Hot Springs

 

Directions from Idaho are more direct, closer, and the road is typically open year round, as such, we are confident it is the preferred route to take. Only about an hour south from Murphy Hot Springs, it’s fairly close to the Idaho Centennial Trailhead.

While it is claimed the road is open year round, check for snowstorms. There is little, if any, maintenance.

 

  • Total mileage: 15.6 miles. A thru-hiker could theoretically walk this in under a day. 
  • From Murphy Hot Springs follow Beaver Lane for 11 miles north, following the river.
  • Cross the Jarbidge River, and follow the road south, into Nevada.
  • Continuing south, the road becomes National Forest Developed Road 062. Follow until you reach downtown Jarbidge. 

 

From Elko

 

If you are driving from the south, the route should talk just over 3 hours. This is unpaved road and it will be slow going. Also, be aware that the road is commonly closed due to snow in the winter, spring, and even fall.

Make sure to check that the route is possible before embarking.

 

  • Total mileage: 104 miles
  • 225N for 55.3 miles
  • Turn onto Eco 746 Rd, following it East 
  • At Charleston Reservoir, turn north, following the road, now called Jarbidge Charleston County rd. 
  • Follow the Fork to the Right, staying on NF-062, passing through Charleston. Stay on the road for 21 more miles until you reach Jarbidge. 

A Wilderness Trailhead 

 

It is fitting that the trailhead for the Wild West Trail is located in one of the most remote towns in the United States.

How remote?

There is not a paved road within 20 miles. Locals consider Jarbidge the most remote town of the lower 48.

Situated in Northeast Nevada, the town of Jarbidge lies among the Jarbidge Mountains, home to the aptly named Jarbidge Wilderness. Enjoy the cleanest air in the country and perennial water, making it an oasis inside the Great Basin.

 

Jarbidge History

 

Originally settled on Federal Land, the town of Jarbidge is still fighting the federal government for land rights. A gold strike in 1909 brought in the original miners and the town was built. Peaking at around 1,200 people, since about 1935, the town has been early empty.

The Jarbidge river flows permanently through the town and the endangered bull trout calls the waters home. Green and vibrant, when it’s not covered in snow, many would be surprised at the amount of water found in this remote corner of Nevada.

The last stagecoach robbery in American history took place here in 1916. Nowadays, barely 100 permanent residents call it home.  Its rustic location and historical setting makes it an exciting trailhead for the WWT.

 

Congratulations, You Made it to Jarbidge- Let’s go Hiking

 

The hike initially begins following a road, NF-062, south, along the Jarbidge river. Keep following the road along the eastern bank of the river, away from NF-062.  This area is potentially washed out.

Follow the river as it runs higher and higher in elevation. Upwards and onwards to Emerald Lake.

Here you can camp at one of Nevada’s most beautiful spots. On clear days, the lack of air pollution should allow you to see as far north as the Sawtooth mountains.

It is highly recommended that you use GPS and/or maps for the entirety of the trail. We offer a free GPX download here. 

The trail continues to climb through the mountains until slowly dropping in elevation. As you near the border of Idaho, the Owyhee Desert lays in front of you.

Jarbidge Trail Section map: Coming Fall 2018

Wild West Trail Map picture