Powerline Road CL8315

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Powerline Road CL8315 is a 51-mile trek through the Mohave Desert, following a narrow path between Fort Irwin and the Soda Mountains Wilderness. Enjoy the many stunning views out over the desert and seemingly endless dry lake beds along the way. The main trail intersects many other desert roads that invite exploration and lead to abandoned mines, historical locations, and protected archeological sites. Experienced drivers with a four-wheel drive high clearance vehicle can manage this trail. This trail provides a wide range of trail conditions, from fine sand and bumpy ancient lava beds to rough, steep, and tight twisting paths through the mountains. Summer monsoons can wash out sections of the road, so be prepared to scout safe detours or turn back. This is a trail that should only be attempted as a vehicle team. Plenty of extra water and the ability to self-rescue are requirements to travel through this hot desert. Dispersed camping is available along the trail when following the BLM Barstow Field Office guidelines.