Odessa Canyon

4.9/5 (15 reviews)
Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Odessa Canyon is the flagship of the off-road trails in Calico area near Barstow California. Comprised of many hard obstacles with no bypasses, this extreme 4x4 jeep trail will make you earn your trip to the top. On top of the difficulty, Odessa provides some of the best views in the area. Many people leave this offroad trail only wanting to do it again. But be ready, this trail has a 7-foot waterfall, an extremely narrow rollover spot that you just have to see to believe, and a super tight off-camber canyon in it. With everything this trail 4wd offers, don't be surprised if the trail wreaks havoc on your vehicle. Please note Odessa Canyon is very tight, and it is highly recommended that only a short narrow wheelbase attempt this trail. Narrow vehicles such as Jeep Wranglers, Suzuki's, older Izusu's should be okay on the trail. But Totoya's and other trucks should have an exo-cage to complete the trail unless you are okay with body damage.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Odessa Canyon is a trail for the experienced drivers with built rigs. This overland / rock crawling trail offers a near 7-foot waterfall, a narrow off-camber canyon just wider than your Jeep, and the scariest obstacle in the area... a washout over a small cliff. It is common for people to make an overland trip out of Calico, many times they will run Doran, Odessa, Phillips, and then head over to Afton Canyon and parts of the Mojave Road.
Flash floods are a major concern on this trail, never travel on this trail if rain is in the area or possible.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (15 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The group I was in wanted me to try this trail... at least the first half of it (starting from the bottom). My Goldie handled everything that the first half of the trail threw her way... but everyone said I would need lockers to go any further. Turning around mid trail was a lot of fun... lol.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I had forgotten how much fun this trail is. Nothing a capable well-built rig can't complete in a couple of hours.
Joe
300
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/23/2022

Fun trail. The narrow ledge with v notch that some call pucker pass was too sketchy for me, my rig is a scout II on full with axles with 2” spacers. The bypass section for the ledge was fun to take when it was too narrow but it has been opened up a little and is still fun and a little technical to get positioned correctly.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This Trail was amazing! I would do it again. I have a 2.5 inch lift on 35s and did occur side rock slider damage on both sides but luckily i had protection! Definatly worth checking out!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We did this trail as the Duran Odessa Loop so we went down this trail. Right off the bat we hit pucker pass and it’s no joke. It’s very technical Trail. My favorite parts were the waterfall in what people call Wall Street if you don’t watch out and stay to the left on the high side you will get body damage or loved every minute of this trail

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