Reaching the northernmost border of the 27,000-acre El Mirage OHV Recreation Area, the West Loop Trail begins on a flat basin before going into the rugged Shadow Mountains, where it becomes a rough and occasionally steep path. Notable waypoints along the route are Resurrection Hill, where ATVs have carved snake-like lines up its sides and are visible even from a distance, and the remnants of Rabbit Hole Mine directly next to the trail. At the trail's northernmost reach is the Fearless Folly 4X4 Trail intersection, an extremely rugged trail meant only for experienced offroaders in groups for mutual rescue.
West Loop Trail is an excellent trail for beginning offroaders to build their driving confidence on a bit more rugged and steep trail yet can still be managed with a two-wheel drive high clearance vehicle.
Dispersed camping is plentiful along the trail, with enticing dispersed campsites tucked amongst the rocks or beside shading joshua trees. Improved dry camps are only a short distance from its end.
El Mirage OHV Recreation Area requires a permit costing $15 for one day/night, payable at the Visitor Center entrance.
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