(MODERATE - EXTREME)
|Highest Elevation:||3200 feet|
|Duration:||About 3 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:|
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. ***BLM has plans to close most of the trails in the area, please call Matt Toedli at 760-252-6026 and voice your opinion***
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Odessa starts out in a narrow red rock canyon just wide enough for your vehicle. The colors of this canyon are jaw-dropping and many people will just hang out here because of the view. Prior to arriving at this trailhead, there are 3 mud arches on the left side of the trail. 1 has collapsed, but 2 remain. These mud arches are large enough for a Jeep to drive through.
The first hard spot of Odessa is probably the easiest of all the hard areas of the canyon. Even though I say easiest, there is nothing easy about his one area. The area is full of 36+ inch boulders and narrow spots that a JK will struggle with. Make sure you have rocker protection and don't mind scratching your rims.
This little waterfall is the first in a series of waterfalls. It is fun to drive up and easy in comparison to those that follow.
If you haven't turned around yet, you might now. This 7-foot waterfall is not just a spectacle to view but also hard to get up. The problem is that if you fail, you can either roll back into a cliff destroying your passenger quarter panel or roll over your right rear tire. Make sure you use a spotter or know this obstacle well before attempting.
Many people call this one spot Wall Street. Even though it isn't, this is one of the coolest sections of the trail. At just 8 feet wide, a 35 degree side angle, and 100 foot plus sheer cliffs, this one part of the trail will give you some thrills and maybe some heartache. Be warned this is a rollover spot, and there is also a great chance of doing body damage.
Another little waterfall that is fun to go up.
This might sound funny, but many people will not try this last obstacle. They would rather turn around and go down the trail at the risk of doing all that body damage than face this one spot. Why do you ask? It is simple...the trail is elevated roughly 20 feet off the canyon floor where the washout happened. The washout itself is about 7 feet wide which is wider then most vehicles on the road. But what you don't realize is that it is in a corner and when attempting this one obstacle, there is a very high risk of your rear tires sliding off the cliff possibly resulting in you and your vehicle plunging over the driver's side off the cliff and landing not so comfortably on the roll cage. If your cage is strong, you might be okay. If not, well...you can only hope for the best.
The exit to Philips Canyon, this hill climb might stain your pants. In the middle of it are several medium sized waterfalls (2-4 feet) that can easily cause things to go wrong. If you are uncomfortable with this climb, continue up to Tin Can Alley and back track that way. For more information on Phillips Canyon West, please visit: Phillips Canyon West For more information on Phillips Canyon East, please visit: Phillips Canyon East
This narrow but fun canyon is a short but difficult obstacle. You run the risk of doing body damage in this tight little area.
This is the alternate route to Phillips Canyon West
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.948123, -116.851527