Black Rock Canyon - Red Rock State Park - California

Inyokern, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 12/07/2018
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.78 miles
Highest Elevation: 2779 feet
Duration: About 35 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Inyokern
Nearest Town w/ Services: Inyokern
Official Road Name: Black Rock Canyon
Management Agency: California State Parks
District: Red Rock State Park


Highlight: Black Rock Canyon - Red Rock State Park - California
Only 2 hours north of Los Angeles, lies one of the most amazing collections of canyons in the El Paso Mountain range. Black Rock Canyon in the Red Rock State Park is one such canyon. Previously home to the Kawaiisu Indians, the El Paso Mountains contain much of their heritage to this day. Later on, mining became the mainstay. Many mining camps of different minerals are spread across this mountain range. The Dutch Cleanser Mines, Bickel Camp, Cudahy Camp, Burro Schmidt Tunnel, Holland Camp and Holly Ash Mine are just a few of the attractions. This is a perfect trail if you love history, scenery, and are new to offroading.


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1. Black Rock Canyon, Scenic Canyon and Nightmare Gulch Staging Area (0 mi)
The staging area for Black Rock Canyon, Scenic Canyon and Nightmare Gulch is difficult to find. It is approximately .9 miles north of Ricardo Campground entrance.

Directions to Trailhead

From Mojave: Travel north on Highway 14 for 24 miles. When you see the Ricardo Campground entrance, continue for .8 miles and start looking closely to the right while slowing down and signaling to enter the staging area. From Inyokern: Travel south on Highway 14 for 19 miles. Since you will not be able to make a legal left turn to enter from the south bound side of the highway, it is recommended to continue on and make a right at the Ricardo Campground entrance. From there, you can turn around and make a left onto the north bound lanes of the highway. At .8 miles, start looking closely to the right while slowing down and signaling to enter the staging area.



Land Use Issues

This trail is currently slated to be closed in the Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan being developed at this time. Please help us keep OHV Access open in the state park by sending comments to: Email Mail Katie Metraux Project Manager California State Parks 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95816 Additional information can be found at the following links: Also, a Facebook Page that keeps up to date on the subject And

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Nicholas Nielsen

Mapping Crew - California

Nicholas became interested in off-road activities when he first went off-road with his dad. That interest grew to be a desire to explore areas that not too many people even know about. He started traveling smooth dirt roads in remote areas and gradually got more experience with off-road elements. He now enjoys “Rock Crawling” with friends and family and takes every opportunity he can find to hit the trails. He looks forward to meeting new people on off-road excursions. His primary hobbies are off-roading, r/c model aviation, virtual gaming, and photography.
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