With its trailhead at Highway 395, El Mirage 4652 (EM4652) provides convenient access to the BLM El Mirage Subregion. Following a flat desert basin floor, this trail ends at a confluence of trails leading into and around the rugged Shadow Mountains, home to many old mines.
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 and flat locations for dispersed camping on this route, but few existing rock campfire rings exist.
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