Battle Mountain, Nevada
Great Basin, Mountains, Radar Tower
24.8 Miles round trip
Bring 2-3 liters of wtaer
All year depending on snow
Open year round
Lots of sun exposure
Graded gravel road to Mount Lewis, rough dirt path in Horse Canyon
Bring snacks and meals if needed
ATV or dirt bike, jacket, sunglasses
Trailhead: 40.44435 N, 116.96900 W
Radar Tower: 40.40332 N, 116.86800 W
Start of Horse Canyon: 40.41967 N, 116.94710 W
Driving Directions: Direction from downtown Battle Mountain
Mount Lewis is a 9,678 foot peak near Battle Mountain, Nevada. It is about an hour from Elko. This peak is the 20th most prominent peak in Nevada. It is a very rugged, impressive, beautiful desert mountain. It has a large FAA radar tower at the top giving it a decent road to the top. This is the view of Mount Lewis from Battle Mountain.
Getting to the trailhead is a decent gravel road.
There is a large parking area to park a trailer. You could also drive this road in any truck or SUV. It is pretty well maintained. I did it on a side by side.
From the parking area there is a canyon right in front of you. This is Horse Canyon that I also did at the end of my ride. To get to the peak the road is on the right.
Here are a few pictures of the road and the scenery. This is a very rugged mountain. Its pretty common for the great basin but is very pretty and worth the visit.
The day I was there there was a couple inches of snow but nothing that slowed me down. The top was in a cloud when I first got up there but eventually cleared up. I always think seeing radar towers is cool and the views of the surrounding great basin is really amazing. I think its really cool how this area of Utah and Nevada has mountain range after mountain range.
Far to the east is the Ruby Mountains. These are a very popular wilderness area and are the highest in the area.
Once back at the parking lot I decided to run up Horse Canyon as well. The road doesn’t go up way far but has some pretty rock areas and is much more of a challenge than the road to the peak. Its worth the 30 minutes to run to. This is the entrance to the canyon.
Here are some of the rocky sights to be seen here.
This is a really pretty and fun road that shows you a 360 degree birds eye view of the terrain of the great basin. If you are driving on I-80 and want a break to do a fun drive or ride then this is well worth the detour.