Bismarks Hairpiece

Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 04/06/2017
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-6
Length: 0.6 miles
Highest Elevation: feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Barstow
Nearest Town w/ Services: Barstow
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlight: Bismarks Hairpiece

Resting above the Bismark Mine in the heart of the Calico hills is a quick cutover trail that is suitable for all off-road enthusiasts. The Bismark's Hairpiece is an easy trail with only one mild, optional obstacle. This trail is perfect for all skill levels while having plenty of optional detours to take in the beautiful yet harsh desert atmosphere.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (3-6)

Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.

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Bismark's Hairpiece is a short cut-through that almost connects Wall Street and Doran Canyon. It is a pleasant drive with an optional hard line halfway through. Along the route, expect lots of desert scenery while the hardest obstacle is a 3 foot waterfall.
Stay out of the mines

Seasonal Information

Spring:Early spring can be mild while late spring is Hot
Summer:Easily over 100 in the days
Fall:Early fall can be extremely hot cooling off to warm days in late fall
Winter:It can be very cold with snow at times


1. East Trailhead - Doran Canyon

The East Trailhead starts at the Bismark Mine at the top of Doran Canyon then heads north around the Bismark Mine towards Wall Street Canyon.

2. Stay in Canyon - Bismark Mine Turnoff (0.4 mi)

Stay in the canyon to continue on the trail.

3. Stray Hair Turnoff (0.4 mi)

The trail crosses a few different trails along the route. One of the trails is Stray Hair which is a connector trail that loops out north towards the Wall Street East Connector.

4. Waterfall (0.4 mi)

The only obstacle on the trail, this optional route has a small waterfall that is perfect for mild off-roaders. The waterfall itself is a small 3 foot ledge that is slightly off-camber.

5. West Trailhead - Vodkaberry / Bismark's Mullet (0.6 mi)

The West Trailhead connects to two different trails: Vodkaberry which heads to the north and Bismarks Mullet which heads to the east and drops directly into Wall Street Canyon near the cliff. Please note, both of these trails are for the more extreme rock crawlers. The Bismarks Mullet is the hardest with a lot of rocks and a 7 foot waterfall that requires advanced driving skills while Vodkaberry has a double waterfall with the largest one being roughly 6 feet.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.966852, -116.858881

Starting Point: Yermo, CA

The trail starts at the northeast corner of the Bismark Mine and heads north then west. To get to the Bismark Mine, you can take Doran Canyon north. Please note, Doran Canyon is an extreme trail and should not be attempted unless in a modified vehicle and also an experienced driver.


Since the trail is in a narrow canyon there really isn't any ideal camping spots on this trail. But, the area around Calico Ghost Town is BLM land. This allows you to dispersed / tent camp anywhere you like with wood campfires. Please keep in mind that there are lots of trails out there and try not to camp on a trail. Also, remember to pack up all of your trash and take it with you. For those who enjoy something a little more comfortable, you can easily drive RV's & 5th Wheels into the canyons Odessa, Doran, and Mule. If roughing it isn't your thing, Calico also offers a campground with hookups and cabin rentals. You can find more information about the campground and cabins at Click Here for Calico Ghost Town Camping
Camping: Bismarks Hairpiece

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California
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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.


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