Black Mountain 5388

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Starting 15 miles north of Hinkley at the western border of the Black Mountain Wilderness, BM5388 is a 15-mile westerly slow slog over undulating moguls through a very remote Mojave Desert. Spring can bring dense expanses of desert wildflowers next to the trail.

This straight-through route passes into the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fremont Peak Subregion, and the trail markers change from BM5388 to FP5388. This trail connects several other BLM-designated roads, and a beginning driver using a two-wheel drive high clearance vehicle can handle this easy trail.

Following a checkerboard of BLM land and privately owned property, there are many suitably flat locations to disperse camp while on BLM land with very few existing pre-disturbed campsites. BLM Camping Guidelines must be followed when dispersed camping on this trail.

During high fire danger, campfires may be restricted, and if planning to camp here, one should review the current BLM Campfire Restrictions and have a Campfire Permit.