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Pinto Summit

When bicycling on US50 across Nevada, two little towns take on greater importance, than little towns usually do, Austin and Eureka. The reason is not only curiosity about what it is like to live in such relative isolation. it's also practical, you have to eat and get water. In my experience Eureka was more practical than Austin, ie you could still afford to buy some basic groceries here. Pinto Summit is immediately east of this important little town.


From West. US50 reaches a low point, west of Eureka and east of jct Ut278 - US50. A tiny initial climb reaches Eureka. The town boasts two gas stations, one grocery store which also likes to advertise itself as a wild life museum due to a multitude of stuffed animal heads protruding over the twinkies. The town even has a Chinese restaurant (but if it was closed when I was there). But the biggest most elaborate building in town by far is the fire station. It even makes the old hotel and court building look small. The climb itself to the top is not much in the scenic department, in my opinion, tree speckled hills quickly leading the top. From here you can barely make out the next ranges to the east and west, but it is not a good view.

1.(5950ft,mile00.0) START-END EAST: jct US50 - Nv892
2.(6330ft,mile04.9) jct US50 - Nv379; profile continues on US50
3.(7350ft,mile10.1) TOP: Pinto Summit
4.(6480ft,mile16.9) Eureka: jct US50 - Clark St
5.(6140ft,mile18.1) START-END WEST: jct US50 - Nv278, west of Eureka


left: there is another store in Eureka to buy food, besides this one. This one is closed
right: reaching the bottom on the east side of Pinto Summit

From East. (described downwards) The more interesting stretch of road, in my opinion, comes after you descend this side. It comes when you emerge from the gap between the Fish Creek Range and the Diamond Mountains, and let the eye wander along the latter, seemingly to infinity somewhere up north. After the view appears the road keeps rolling down an alluvial fan, loosing several hundred more feet in altitude. Then it starts climbing again up appropriately named Pancake Summit.


A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit is on page: Little Antelope Summit