Mojave Road 2016-2017 Washout Bypass

Needles, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2018
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 13 miles
Highest Elevation: 1070 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Needles
Nearest Town w/ Services: Needles
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Mojave National Preserve
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Highlight: Mojave Road 2016-2017 Washout Bypass
This bypass road is a viable alternative should the nearby section of Mojave Road be closed due to erosion. The bypass here is an adventurous four-wheel drive route that takes you deep into seldom seen areas within the Mojave National Preserve. There are portions of this route that are highly vegetated while meandering through a wash with plenty of Creosote, Yucca, and Cholla plants to make for an ever-changing foreground as you make way back to the Lanfair Valley and the main Mojave Road.



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1. Start Detour South (0 mi)
Continue south onto Walter Road (also known as Powerline Road or Metropolitan Water Service District Road). The detour begins at this point where the Mojave Road was closed; the usual route (when open) turns west on the Old Underground Telephone Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.091201, -114.955029
The bypass starts at the west side of the Mojave Road at the intersection of The Old Undergound Telephone Road that runs west over the Piute Range.



Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
An easy bypass route, or just an alternate to drive a lesser-traveled segment when in the great Mojave.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We completed a trip of the Mojave Road and this bypass road was not necessary as the main route was open again. There were some signs noting flood damage but there were not "road closed" signs.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a fun little detour! The route through the washy areas are beautiful and a good amount of camping opportunities.

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Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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