|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||2400 feet|
|Duration:||About 15 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||Doran Canyon Bypass|
|District:||Barstow Field Office|
Doran's Bypass is the most popular route to access Doran Canyon. Because of Doran Canyons Gate Keeper being so extreme, this route is the only way for anything less than a buggy to exit or enter Doran Canyon from the south. The route skirts along the top of the ridge looking down in Odessa Canyon and Doran's Gate Keeper making for interesting views when people are trying The Gate Keeper. On the other side of the trail are some great views of the historic Calico Ghost Town that was built in 1881.
Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.Read more about our rating system
The bypass starts you up the hillside toward Calico Ghost Town on the west side of Odessa Canyon.
Right before the paths up the canyon are several mud arches you can drive through. They make for great photo opportunities, just be careful of your overall height.
The trail drops you in right at The Gate Keeper, thus allowing you to run the full trail except for the first 100 feet of The Gate Keeper. If for some reason someone in your group attempts the Doran Gatekeeper. Please do not move or stack rock in these obstacles. If you are unable to make this obstacle under your own power, please take the bypass. This is an optional path and is one of the last true hard spots in the area. Many people travel just to try this one spot and if rocks are placed in the obstacle it takes the challenge away from it. Thank you for helping to keep it wild for the next person.
Starting Point: Yermo, CA
Calico offers several types of camping. On this trail, there isn't any good camping but just where the trail begins is plenty of dispersed camping. Also, just feet away from this trail is the Calico Ghost Town Campground which. Unfortunately, they closed the passage between this trail and the campground so you now have to go around. The area around Calico Ghost Town is BLM land. This allows you to tent camp anywhere you like with wood campfires. Please keep in mind that there are lots of trails out there and try not to camp on a trail. Also, remember to pack up all of your trash and take it with you. For those who enjoy something a little more comfortable, you can easily drive RV's & 5th Wheels into the canyons Odessa, Doran, and Mule. If roughing it isn't your thing, Calico also offers a campground with hookups and cabin rentals. You can find more information about the campground and cabins at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx