Old Railroad

Scout Route
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Old Railroad follows a long-abandoned railroad berm. Red Mountain, to the north, provides a distant landmark. A springtime drive along Old Railroad may have expanses of colorful desert blooms such as the Mojave Yellow Purslane flower. The trail passes through a tortoise-protection area where signs remind drivers to avoid tortoises crossing the road. The railroad berm provides a narrow one-way road that can rise five feet above the desert floor, but its gently sloping sides allow a comfortable escape. The road is designated at its south end as FP5155 for the BLM Fremont Peak sub-region but later changes designation to RM for the BLM Red Mountain sub-region. There are many crossing trails that invite exploration leading to hundreds of square miles of BLM land to the east.

The drive is easy with its hard pack sandy soil, but still requires a high clearance vehicle to manage the deep dips. There are washouts across the road, but these are clearly marked, and bypasses are available.

Dispersed camping can be had anywhere along the route when following BLM camping guidelines that only pre-disturbed sites be used, of which many can be found over the trail's length.