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US West Pony Express Trail - Salt Lake City to Lake Tahoe

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12C20

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South Jordan, Utah, USA
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John
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Ellis
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Trail: Pony Express Trail - 5 Mile Pass (Cedar Fort, UT) to Lake Tahoe (Carson City, NV)
*Date Traveled: 10-12 May 2021
*Location: Utah, Nevada
*Trail Travel Time: 30 hours driving
*Length: 800 mi.
*Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Vehicle: 2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Short Bed Off-Road
Modifications: 2" lift, 33" tires, HD rear springs, Falcon shocks and struts, skid plates, Decked drawer system, Yakima Outpost bed rack, Tepui Ayer 2 roof top tent
Resources: Took 15 gallons of water and 10 gallons of extra fuel, a shovel and pick, and standard recovery gear.


The trail from 5 Mile Pass to NV Hwy 278 is largely intact and easy to follow. Once across Hwy 278 there is a lot of private land and dead ends, where the trail peters out and disappears. (You can see that on my track.)

I'd recommend heading down into Ely, NV to refuel if you plan on following my route. But I'm the guy who doesn't like to get below 1/4 tank. :wink:
 

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Trail: Pony Express Trail - 5 Mile Pass (Cedar Fort, UT) to Lake Tahoe (Carson City, NV)
*Date Traveled: 10-12 May 2021
*Location: Utah, Nevada
*Trail Travel Time: 30 hours driving
*Length: 800 mi.
*Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Vehicle: 2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Short Bed Off-Road
Modifications: 2" lift, 33" tires, HD rear springs, Falcon shocks and struts, skid plates, Decked drawer system, Yakima Outpost bed rack, Tepui Ayer 2 roof top tent
Resources: Took 15 gallons of water and 10 gallons of extra fuel, a shovel and pick, and standard recovery gear.


The trail from 5 Mile Pass to NV Hwy 278 is largely intact and easy to follow. Once across Hwy 278 there is a lot of private land and dead ends, where the trail peters out and disappears. (You can see that on my track.)

I'd recommend heading down into Ely, NV to refuel if you plan on following my route. But I'm the guy who doesn't like to get below 1/4 tank. :wink:
Have a trip planned to do the Pony Express later this Summer. Made on route in GAIA but having one that is based on recent experience and actual conditions is preferred. Thank you for sharing!
 

JeffnMar

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Oregon
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Wilson
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Very interested in doing this , I have a Subaru Outback ( with a lift) and teardrop trailer with 9” of ground clearance , could I do this route ?
 

12C20

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South Jordan, Utah, USA
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John
Last Name
Ellis
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6385

Very interested in doing this , I have a Subaru Outback ( with a lift) and teardrop trailer with 9” of ground clearance , could I do this route ?
Probably. The road is well maintained, except the mountain pass between UT and NV. It gets rough and narrow. (I got some pinstripes going down the west side.) You’d just need to decide how attached you are to some of your trim pieces, maybe.

Just remember, there’s no rule against walking the trail to scout it out, and no shame in turning around, finding a bypass, or changing your destination.