|Highest Elevation:||2400 feet|
|Duration:||About 15 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||Doran Scenic Route|
|Management Agency:||BLM Barstow Field Office & San Bernardino National Forest|
This popular hangout area is a great place to camp and have fun. Nestled in the hills of Calico, the lower part of Odessa and Doran Scenic Loop is perfect for taking the family out camping, doing some exploring, and shooting. The area is friendly to RV's and 5th-Wheels, making it a great place to camp off the grid while being close to town. In the area are lots of natural wonders including natural arches, red rock canyons, and slot canyons. The area also hosts lots of off-road trails that have everything from an overland adventure to the most extreme 4x4 rock crawling in America. ***BLM has plans to close most of the trails in the area, please call Matt Toedli at 760-252-6026 and voice your opinion***
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
The trail begins north of the road, heading into the hills of Calico. This is a popular area for people to camp outside of the ghost town. It is also popular for people to shoot in this area when not exploring or off-roading.
This is a very popular route that takes you around Doran Gate Keeper. The trail itself can be as hard as moderate in some spots but is friendly to most 4x4 vehicles. More information can be found at Doran Canyon Gate Keeper Bypass.
The Mud Arches is one of the most popular attractions in the area. There was once three, but now there are only 2 arches. Please do not try to destroy or damage the arches. They are only made of dirt, and others would like to enjoy them too.
The area is full of exploring, and this one is no different. The Mud Hills Center Route is a popular place for people to take their 4x4's and bikes. The area is completely different than its surroundings which are comprised of soft dirt, causing the hills to be a view worth seeing. Be warned: If this area gets wet, it could be difficult to get out.
From here, the trail splits off to one of Calico's hardest trails, Doran Canyon. This trial is only for the most extreme off-roaders with built rigs. Note: It is not recommend that vehicles towing or having extremely long wheelbases, like RV's, travel past this point without first scouting out a spot.
From here, the trail continues up one of Calico's hardest trails, Odessa Canyon. This trial is only for the most extreme off-roaders with built rigs. The trail itself is rather short and can be easily hiked.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.939774, -116.858791