(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||3127 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 20 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||7630A|
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. ***BLM has plans to close most of the trails in the area, please call Matt Toedli at 760-252-6026 and voice your opinion***
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.Read more about our rating system
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
Before heading up the trail, you should take a gander over to of the few natural arches in area. Karmer Arch is a amazing natural structure that you can fit a jeep through. Take your time going through it, there is an uneven spots going down or up and has caused many people a bad day. 34.950968, -116.843293
This is the first and probably the hardest obstacle you have to do on the trail. It is a set of two ledges roughly 3-5 feet tall. It is likely you will drag your front bumper or rear bumper going up or down. You also have to be careful for the small cliff on both sides.
The trail continues along inside some narrow red rock canyons that provide an amazing view.
The first hill climb is an alternate route to the left. The right takes you to Phillips Canyon East. This obstacle provides a challenge to even some of the most experience drives. This route provides several different lines that can go from mild to hard.
One of the many mines in the area, this trail runs along a decent mine network. Always travel in pairs, make sure someone knows where you are going, and don't forget to bring a flash light. Also, Phillips Canyon East connects at this location.
A great look out at the Skull of Odessa Mine
The Drop is an alternate route to Odessa (The fastest way). This is probably the hardest hill climb / drop in the area. It is very steep and on loose gravel with hard rock underneath. It is advised that only an experienced drivers try going up the hill.
The end of the trail where it connects to Odessa. From here you can go back down the canyon with some mild off-roading to get back to Odessa Mine Network.