(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||6700 feet|
|Duration:||About 3 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Mojave|
|Official Road Name:||SC65/27S11/36E52|
|Management Agency:||Jawbone-Butterbredt BLM/Sequoia National Forest|
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.
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
There is an information kiosk here with a OHV map mail box here. On busy weekends the maps go quickly.
Stay straight. This intersection is with what's known as the "powerline road" and the road it self makes for a great landmark any where in this part of the desert. Also there is a very large camp/staging area here. Remember to pack your trash out of these areas and the speed limit around the camp is 15MPH.
After crossing the road, veer right to stay on SC65. This is the first Los Angeles Aqueduct road that you will cross.
Stay to the right.
Veer to the right. There is a large camp/staging area here.
Stay to the Left
This is where you leave the BLM land and start traveling in the Sequoia National Forest. Notice the change in the road numbers.
Go to the right here and again notice the change in the road numbers. There is a pretty decent size camp site just to the right as you start on 36E52. Also the sign says 4 1/2 miles. I clocked 5.3 on the GPS.
YOU MADE IT! Please respect this cabin. It is a survival cabin for hunters and through hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sign the guest book if you wish to and we always try to leave water or spare can food in the cabin. There is an outhouse here. Please help keep it clean.