From HWY 140 it is 2 miles into the CCC camp. There is free camping, pit toilets, and a warm spring shower house with a summer campground host.
Only claimholders may camp out of the refuge campgrounds on their claims. Others will be ticketed by the rangers.
Miners are working their valid claims off EVERY side road on their own schedules. Just because someone is not at their workings doesn't mean free digging.
Felony Mineral Trespass penalties are up to ten years in prison and up to 25,000 dollar fines. Nevada is a mining state.