Reached from the main area artery Shadow Mountain Road, El Mirage 2789 (EM2789) follows the desert basin floor over rolling hills through a valley formed by the western Shadow Mountains. EM2789 is a gateway into a network of rugged trails once used by the many mines in the Shadow Mountains.
The El Mirage Subregion is a Limited Use Area requiring vehicles to stay on designated trails. The trails are fairly well marked and well spaced to recognize if you are on the trail.
A two-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance and a beginning offroader will do fine on this particular trail, but venturing further into the Shadow Mountains trail network will require an experienced driver in a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle with a low gear range and all-terrain light truck tires.
Many tortoises are in the area, and a vigilant eye is needed to watch for them crossing the trail.
There are many suitable locations for dispersed camping on this route, but few existing rock campfire rings exist.
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