Cool trip and pictures Brad, where is the rocky trail in your first picture? Your trip took you through some nice areas but I would recommend coming back and staying a while as you just scratched the surface of some great/scenic trails.
Was out riding by Flying M Ranch last weekend, still about a dozen planes out there, all grounded by the weather, rain with a dusting of snow on the higher trails. Talking with an employee of Steve Fosset I get the impression that they are going to search until he is found.
I agree with your comment about trail conditions after a Worst in the Desert race-they suck, they ruin the trail.
I am going to suggest to my riding buddies that we take our dual sports and do your ride and camp trip though we will probably start in Smith NV. Thanks for the ride report.