Explore Berry Creek by 4-wheel Drive!
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Berry Creek is located within the Duck Creek valley in
the Schell Creek Range, about 30 miles northeast of Ely Nevada (just west of the Utah border). This scenic area abounds in exciting 4x4, off-road opportunities. Altitudes range from 7,000 to over 11,000 feet, and with an annual rainfall of over 30 inches, there is plenty of water, varied vegetation and wildlife, consisting mostly of Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule deer and antelope.
The lower elevations consist mostly of sagebrush,
junipers, cedars, and pinion pines with many springs and small meadows. In the upper elevations you will find mountain mahogany, spruce, Aspens and white birch groves mixed amongst the steep canyons, hillsides and rocky outcroppings. This area resembles parts of the Rocky Mountains in many ways.
To get there you have to get on the Success loop, a scenic loop route that begins and ends in Ely. The easiest route is through McGill on highway 93. Head north 5.5 miles from the center of town and turn right onto CR 28. Now travel 10.3 miles to the Berry Creek sign and turn left. The first five miles of the road is relatively smooth and easy going. There are numerous free camping spots all along the gravel road.
The campsite to the right is 5 miles up the creek
road at the 8,150 foot elevation. This is my favorite area to set-up camp and is suitable for tents, campers and trailers and never really crowded, except in the fall during Elk and Deer seasons. The creek ends here and flows into an aqueduct for transport elsewhere. However, there is still plenty of creek flow before the start of the aqueduct to gather fresh water from.
Berry Creek is a small portion of the Duck Creek Range and most of your 4x4 activity will be slightly north, south and west of the creek drainage. Using this as a base camp, many 4x4 trails are accessible via CR-28 which turns into gravel south of the Berry Creek turnoff. This area has had many road closures and wilderness areas implemented in the past few years, so pay close attention to road closed signs and carry a current TOPO map for guidance.
Your first ride from camp should be up the south fork of
the creek. This is a continuation of the road you come in on that runs by the campsites. The dirt road quickly turns into a 4x4 trail and climbs to over 9,500 feet in 3 miles while offering some breathtaking views. Going the other direction from camp at 3.5 miles, there is a 4x4 trail to the left that will take you up to 9,150 feet high above the camping area near an old abandoned mine.
The above jeep road also connects with another 4x4 trail to the south that takes you down to Worthington canyon. This ride is a little rough in spots, but not unsafe. You can expect to ride from 7,100 feet to over 9,000 feet and back down again on the Worthington canyon road, which comes out on CR-28 just 3.2 miles south of the Berry Creek turnoff.
Keep checking the status of this beautiful site as they are trying to make it into a wilderness area.
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