Starting on a flat basin near the base of the Shadow Mountains, El Mirage 4657 (EM4657) soon begins an ascent over a rocky trail ending at the intersection with EM4655.
The El Mirage Subregion is a Limited Use Area requiring vehicles to stay on designated trails. The trails are marked with well-spaced 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 onto EM4655 and generally further into the Shadow Mountains trail network requires 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 previously used sites with rock campfire rings exist.
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