Mule Canyon is a dirt road that cuts through the southern section of the Calico Mountains. Being one of a few roads near the original Calico Ghost Town, Mule Canyon is well traveled and can easily be traversed by most 2WD vehicles. From the moment you pull onto the canyon you will be driving on an open desert road, then a canyon wash, a hard pack windy trail through mud hills and finally an open valley before intersecting with Sunrise Canyon Rd. It offers easy access to explore Calico's old mining areas as well as intersections at Phillips Canyon West, Phillips Canyon East and Tin Can Alley.
Off to the right, the trailhead is easy to spot thanks to the modern reflective street sign. Once on Mule Canyon there is a kiosk on the right with information about the area. This first 3/4 mile of the drive is through open desert before heading into the canyons.
From Interstate 15 heading north, take the second Calico exit and go left towards the Calico Ghost Town. Approximately 1 mile on the right hand side is a dirt road named Mule Canyon - CM7630. It is clearly marked with a green reflective street sign.
I have been a southern California native my entire life. Growing up we spent a lot of time in the Eastern High Sierras, the Calico Canyons and the San Bernadino Mountains. When I got my first car, my free time revolved around it. A few years later I got my first off-road truck. Now I was able spend time doing all the things I loved.
Over the years I have had a variety of different off-road vehicles. Some were stock, while others were highly modified. With my son recently getting his own 1st generation Toyota 4Runner, we have been spending more time working on his truck and hitting the trails.
Whether exploring, hiking, hunting or camping, being outdoors with my family is how I want to spend my down time. Life is too short to spend it on the couch. Go out there and find your next adventure.