Phillips Canyon West

Barstow, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2018
5 /5 ( 4 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.45 miles
Highest Elevation: 3127 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Barstow
Nearest Town w/ Services: Barstow
Official Road Name: 7630A
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlight: Phillips Canyon West

Phillips Canyon is the 3rd hardest trail in the Calico mountain range network. Phillips Canyon is a narrow path, just a single vehicle width with several hard obstacles. Some of these obstacles are a double 3 foot waterfall, rocky hill climb with 1-4 foot ledges in the middle, narrow canyons with large boulders, and a long even steeper hill climb with 3 foot ledges in the middle. But the obstacles are not what most people remember of Phillips Canyon. Phillips Canyon has some of the most amazing views in Southern California including red rock canyons, mud hills you can explore, sand stone canyons, natural stone arches, and old silver mines. Beside the trail, there is ample things to do in the area including Calico Ghost Town, the robust trail network in calico, exploring abandon mines, the Mojave River / Road, and exploring the Mojave Desert.



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1. Starting Point

This is the Starting Point of the Trail. The trail heads North along side of a valley where you can find an old Buick. 34.950294, -116.844594

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.950294, -116.844594

Starting Point: Yermo, CA

From Highway 15 heading North/East. Exit the second calico exit and head North towards Calico. Take the first dirt road North (Mule Canyon) 34.921333, -116.848928 (0.0 Miles from start). (Go ahead and air down here, recommend low tire pressure due to shale). As you are going up the Canyon, go left at the big-ish Y 34.940444, -116.839785 (1.6 Miles from start). Follow trail up and stay right 34.944489, -116.844829 (2 Miles from start). Follow trail up and stay right 34.947250, -116.844736 (2.3 Miles from Start). Proceed up old broken asphalt road. The trail head is in front of you 34.950294, -116.844594 (2.6 Miles from Start).



Land Use Issues

***BLM has plans to close most of the trails in the area, please call Matt Toedli at 760-252-6026 and voice your opinion***


Trail Reviews (5)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a great intermediate trail and an excellent place to teach newbies how to rock crawl. You can camp at Calico for the weekend and spend a couple days helping new guys learn the basics on this trail. There are so many trails that you will not be bored.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Love this place. Tons of fun. All the obstacles are so much fun. Can't wait to go back after it cools off. My Falken Tires did their job and more.... #FalkenTires

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
An absolutely beautiful day on the trail. The paid campgrounds were full, but not many on the trail. The trails have been built back up evidently from lots of rock stacking by previous visitors. This is a wonderful time of the year to visit Calico, CA.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
He'll of a trip. It was hot!!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Phillips was all torn up. It appears a flash flood has gone through there and changed the trail quiet a bit. The double water fall was tore up, so was the hill climb. Even the flat areas that allowed fast movement are so messed up that you have to be in 4 low.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: on your heads up display, what program or app are you using to show elevation, speed, course, ect...
–Jon (02/04/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.