|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||2881 feet|
|Duration:||About 45 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||CM7630A|
|Management Agency:||BLM - Barstow Field Office|
From sandy washes to small rock obstacles, Phillips Canyon East is a diverse short trail. You will see unique natural rock formations, great views, old silver mines and rock tailings everywhere you look. The conditions on the trail changes as you go from one area to the next. This is also the fastest route to get to the heart of the Calico mining area.
Rocks frequent and large, 12" and may exceed hub height. Holes frequent or deep (12"). Shelves to 9". Mud 8" deep and may be present on uphill sections. Grades to 25 degrees and sidehill to 30 degrees. Water crossings to 18" and may have strong currents. 1-1/2 vehicles wide. 4WD required. Driver experience helpful.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail could be muddy and slick after the rain.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Fall:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Winter:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
When pulling off of Mule Canyon Rd you can take the wash marked CM7630A or continue on Mule Canyon and make a sharp left hand turn at 34.94662, -116.84051. The first of the trail runs down a sand wash in a small canyon. Some parts of the wash are narrow, but you are never far from a place to pass.
Straight ahead the hill is an old asphalt road that has been eroded and rutted for many years. There is only enough room for one vehicle at a time on this part of the trail.
Off to the right is the hardest obstacle of the trail. The right side of the rock is less challenging than the left. There is a bypass road on the right as you approach the rock. It too has a tall peak and is not suggested for longer wheel based vehicles.
Throughout the entire trail you will see old silver mines, and by this point they are everywhere you look. The terrain is still a rutted road. The remnants of the old asphalt are still obvious.
Off to the left is the intersection where Phillips Canyon West intersects with Phillips Canyon East. This is a great place to get out and take in what the Calico area has to offer. On the left hand side there is a mine shaft that is protected by t-post and wire. This will give you a good idea of just how dug out these hills are.
At night this hill can seem a little sketchy from the top looking down. It is an easy drive to the ridge above Odessa Canyon.
This peak is the highest point of the trail. It can give you the best perspective of the area before heading down to Odessa. The path up and down the peak is just a loose shale road with no real challenging obstacles.
The road down into the canyon is again loose shale until the last hundred yards or so. This section is not only a pretty steep grade, but has a few big ruts, so take it slow. Once at the bottom its a sandy wash. This is a great area to branch off and reach other canyons. To the left is Odessa Canyon. To the right is the Odessa / Doran Loop and Tin Can Alley(34.97110, -116.84710). Tin Can Alley is an easy drive that will return you back to Mule Canyon.
Starting Point: Yermo