The trailhead for El Mirage 4646 (EM4646) is at the frequently traveled Shadow Mountain Road. The trail follows a valley formed by the western Shadow Mountains and intersects several other rugged trails before ending at an intersection with EM4660.
The El Mirage Subregion is a Limited Use Area requiring vehicles to stay on designated trails. The trails are well marked with frequent BLM signs 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 avoid them as they slowly cross the trail.
There are many suitable locations for dispersed camping on this route, but few existing rock campfire rings exist.
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