Kramer Arch

Barstow, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 03/08/2021
5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.26 miles
Highest Elevation: 2800 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Barstow
Nearest Town w/ Services: Barstow
Official Road Name: Kramer Arch
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office


Highlight: Kramer Arch
A lost secret of the desert, Kramer Arch is one of the many unknown natural obstacles in the area. This beautiful natural stone structure isn't very large so vehicle size may be an issue. If your vehicle is small enough, you can squeeze through the arch making for some awesome photo opportunities. Always approach the arch slowly and don't be afraid to back out.


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1. Trail to Arch (0 mi)
The trail starts at the mouth of Phillips Canyon Trail, simply take the trail that splits off to the east.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Barstow, CA

From Highway 15 heading north/east. Exit the second Calico exit and head north towards Calico Ghost Town. Take the first dirt road on the North (Mule Canyon) 34.921333, -116.848928 . Set your trip counter (0.0 Miles from start). As you are going up the Canyon, go left at the big-ish Y. This is Phillips Canyon Wash 34.940444, -116.839785 (1.6 Miles from start). Follow the trail and stay right inside the wash as it Y's off into the Mud Hills Center Route. 34.944489, -116.844829 (2 Miles from start). Follow trail up and stay right again. Remain in the lower wash. 34.947250, -116.844736 (2.3 Miles from Start). Proceed up old broken asphalt road. The trailhead is in front of you to the right before Phillips Canyon 34.950294, -116.844594 (2.6 Miles from Start).



Trail Reviews (11)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is this trail doable in a stock 4x4 with no lift? Sliders only
–rock_newb (03/09/2018)
–Josh Noesser (03/09/2018)

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.