Mud Hills Center Route

5/5 (7 reviews)
Barstow, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022
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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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (7 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/27/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It's always fun driving through the mud hills. It was tight, but we just barely got our friend through in his 60 Series Land Cruiser with minor bumps and scratches (he probably wouldn't do it again if he had the choice... haha). But for my YJ and the TJ it was a good time.
Trail Review: Mud Hills Center Route - Taylor Kempkes
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/22/2021

Its moderate for anyone with a jeep but if you have a smaller vehicle like me, 1987 Suzuki Samurai, it is not bad and a perfect confidence booster. I went through on a stock lift and 27inch tires. I have one little battle scar from my exhaust tail pipe got dinged a little but nothing past that. Nice technical turning starts out easy get to the first set or rocks and was cake the rest of the way. I highly recomend this trail for anyone that is nervous about going through some of the tougher trails in Calico. Ill be going back this weekend with a lift bigger tires and a GoPro to compare stock vs 1.5inch lift, no sway bar, and 30inch tires.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/31/2020

This was a great little warm up trail for the day. It was fun to wind through the hills in our Wranglers but I can see how this would be really tight for anything longer than a two-door Jeep. If you don’t have great articulation or a locker, you might find yourself needing to choose your line more carefully.
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/26/2020

Decided to tour guide and take people through this on our way back. Still a ton of fun.
Tom H
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/25/2018

The Mud Hills are fun and twisty and will remind you of Mr Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. Some of the twists will be hard for a 4-door Wrangler Unlimited, however. The trail is also fun for a night run if you're camping at the nearby Calico Campground.

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