|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||2663 feet|
|Duration:||About 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||CM7630|
|Management Agency:||Bureau of Land Management|
|District:||Barstow Field Office|
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.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail is very muddy and slick after rain showers|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty|
|Fall:||Trail is usually dry and dusty|
|Winter:||Trail is usually dry and dusty|
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.
The trailhead for Phillips Canyon Wash is on the left hand side. Off to the right is a developed camping area. There are no facilities here, but it is an area that has been cleared and graded. There are fire pits throughout the entire area. Mule Canyon is a well traveled road, so if you camp here, you will see a fair amount of traffic.
There is a wash on your left. That is Phillips Canyon East. You could have got into the wash about a hundred yards back on the left or make a hard left here. The road is more obvious from this point.
This area is unique. There are mud hills everywhere you look. You will notice the terrain change as you enter and exit this area. This is where a lot of people shoot in their own private canyon.
Here is a road that sweeps down and to the left. This is one of the quickest ways to the top of the Doran / Odessa Loop. It is also rated as 1-3 difficulty, so it can be traveled by almost any rig. It merges into Tin Can Alley.
Tin Can Alley is on the left. It is not marked, but a large boulder is at the intersection. Tin Can Alley is a great little side trip if you have the time. This is where the miners trash was dumped. Some remnants of the tin cans are still there on the left just 50 yards from Mule Canyon.
This is the end of Mule Canyon. Interstate 15 can be reached by going right. To the left is Coyote Dry Lake Bed. You can also intersect with Fort Irwin Road just past the dry lake bed.
Starting Point: Yermo