SC65 - McIvers Cabin

Inyokern, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 06/13/2017
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 19.89 miles
Highest Elevation: 6700 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Inyokern
Nearest Town w/ Services: Inyokern
Official Road Name: SC65/27S11/36E52
Management Agency: Jawbone-Butterbredt BLM/Sequoia National Forest
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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 trees 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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1. McIvers Cabin SC65 Trail Head (0 mi)
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

Starting Point: Mojave, CA

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 the Jawbone-Butterbredt turn-off, there is another 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 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 that takes you from the desert to the Sequoia National Forest.



Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Good little trail. Don't attempt if you're not ready for some new pinstripes. Did it in a 19 Tacoma OR DCLB. I've got full skids and sliders (and I used them), but otherwise stock. Did about 80-85% in 4H, and I probably didn't need 4L for the other 20. Didn't have to lock the diff or use any of the "fancy" features. Just try to pick a line and you'll be good. I did air down to ~23psi as well. I'd give yourself 2.5-3hrs each way from the highway. Watch for dirt bikers and sides by sides. Had to lay on the horn for a couple groups ripping around turns.
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Epic little trail, technical enough to pose a bit of a challenge, but with enough ground clearance and low gears this is a great little trail to the cabin. When I did this trail and blew 2 tires on rock, Chuck himself came to pull me out. Can't wait to come back!
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!

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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.
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