Mud Hills Center Route

Barstow, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 10/26/2020
5 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Mud Hills Center Route
Calico's Mud Hills offer hours of entertainment in close proximity to camping and the roads. This popular cut-through has everything an off-road enthusiast could want from high speed berms and narrow canyons to steep hills and ledges. On top of that, when this area gets a little water, it turns into a giant slip and slide, making even the easiest routes almost impossible.


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1. East End - Phillips Canyon West (0 mi)
The East End of the trail meets with Phillips Canyon West.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Yermo, CA

From Highway 15 heading northeast, exit the second Calico exit (Yermo) and head north towards Calico. Take the first dirt road north (Mule Canyon) 34.921333, -116.848928 (0.0 miles from start). (Go ahead and air down here; recommend low tire pressure due to shale). As you are going up the canyon, go left at the big Y. The trailhead is on the left in 0.5 miles.



Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Can a JKU or Nissan Frontier make it through this twisty trail? How about the foot ledge? Can a stock TJ make it without underbelly damage?
–White JK (01/21/2019)
–Josh Noesser (01/21/2019)
Q: Is this trail allowed by the BLM? When I look at their official map, this trail is not displayed, is it ride at your own risk? Thanks
–claudio a (12/21/2018)
–Josh Noesser (12/21/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
For individual use only, not to be shared.