SC65 - McIvers Cabin

Mojave, California (Kern County)
Last Updated: 06/13/2017
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Length: 19.89 miles
Highest Elevation: 6700 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Mojave
Nearest Town w/ Services: Mojave
Official Road Name: SC65/27S11/36E52
Management Agency: Jawbone-Butterbredt BLM/Sequoia National Forest
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Highlights

Highlight: SC65 - McIvers Cabin

You can be on this trail in just under two hours from the San Fernando Valley. Plan on spending the majority of the day on this trail and the cabin is a great place to hang out for a bit and have some lunch. Maybe even catch a nap. It's pretty unique to be able to travel along the desert and in just 11.4 miles you are starting to climb into the tress of the Sequoia National Forest. Pay close attention to all the cross trails especially in the desert part of the trail. Please keep in mind that this area is home to the California Desert Tortoise as well as a rare plant and archaeological artifacts. Please stay on the trail.

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Waypoints

1. McIvers Cabin SC65 Trail Head

There is an information kiosk here with a OHV map mail box here. On busy weekends the maps go quickly.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.484705, -117.956957
Head north on CA14 for 33.5 miles from the intersection of CA14 and CA58 in the town of Mojave. You will pass two turn offs on your left. One for Dove Springs and one Jawbone-Butterbredt. Just after Jawbone-Butterbredt turn off there is a turn off that drops off the side of the highway a couple of feet that is only marked by a black and white arrow that reads SC65. Make the quick right at the bottom of the turn out then stay to left at the little fork in the road. You will see a cattle guard and a brown BLM trail marker that reads SC65. This is the start of your nearly 20 mile trail ride that takes you from the desert to the Sequoia National Forest.

Camping

Writer Information

Chuck Nielsen

Mapping Crew - California

Chuck just flat-out loves off-roading. He caught the bug at the age of 15 when his family moved to the Antelope Valley (located in the Mojave Desert) from Long Beach, California. In grade school, he was fascinated of learning about the 20-Mule Teams that would haul Borax from the mines in the Mojave Desert. He was so excited to actually move to a place that bore so much pioneering history. When he received his license to drive, exploring became a daily pastime. Then, he was exposed to the pitfalls of wheeling in the desert. Not having access to 4-wheel drive, he was forced to respect traction and gravity. Now that he’s had experience with just about every kind of vehicle in the desert, he relates well with anyone wanting to experience the Great Outdoors. Ultimately, he loves to see the smile these experiences will put on your face.

Community

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Do you think the cabin's elevation would be pleasant enough when the desert floor is in the 90s?
–Marc Nitz (05/31/2017)

Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
A small group of us visited the cabin this past weekend. The road from Jawbone Canyon area to the cabin (Trail #SC65) had numerous whoop-dee-doos every 100' or so preventing anyone from traveling at a high rate of speed. It was pretty annoying. Once the whoops ended we started to climb the Scodie Mountains along a narrow shelf road (Waypoint #11) with pot-holed asphalt with very sharp corners making for a tough and slow commute. Once we reached the top and started traveling across the higher reaches of the trail, we started coming up to Pacific Crest Trail hikers who graciously moved out of the way for all of us. By the time we reached the upper elevation, we stopped at the radio tower for lunch and it was getting cold. We reached the cabin at about 2:30PM and a couple of us set up our campsites along with other hikers. The rest of our group headed back down the mountain as they could only come for the day. We spent the night and made a large campfire for us and the numerous PCT backpackers. They were stoked as they told us they were too tired to make a fire. Most of the hikers went to bed early (5pm) and we called it a night at 10pm. To help keep good relations between us (off-roaders) and them (hikers), we offered to carry out any trash that they had accumulated over their trip and they gladly gave us what they had. They were very happy!