Hagen Canyon Trail - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California

Cantil, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 12/07/2018
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Highlight: Hagen Canyon Trail - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California
With only a 2-hour drive north of Los Angeles, spectacular canyons can be observed in the El Paso Mountains. 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. State Motorized Trail System Route #6 passes just north of this location. So, whether you're overlanding, or just taking your 4X4 out for quick access to the many trails within the Red Rock State Park system, Hagen Canyon Trail is a great choice to see the essence of the El Paso Mountains.


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At the trailhead is a parking area which also has an entrance to a foot trail that runs much closer to the red columns in the canyon. These columns are very representative of the canyons adjacent on both sides of this trail for several miles. They are composed of volcanic ash containing fossils of many sorts. Note how the mountain tops are capped with lava rock.

Directions to Trailhead

From Mojave: Travel north on Highway 14 for 23 miles. Make a left turn at the Ricardo Campground entrance. From Inyokern: Travel south on Highway 14 for 20 miles. Make a right at the Ricardo Campground entrance. The trailhead will be on your left, just as you leave the highway.



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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 info@redrockgp.com 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: https://www.corva.org/ Also, a Facebook Page that keeps up to date on the subject And

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Chuck Nielsen

Mapping Crew - California

Chuck just flat-out loves off-roading. He caught the bug at the age of 15 when his family moved to the Antelope Valley (located in the Mojave Desert) from Long Beach, California. In grade school, he was fascinated of learning about the 20-Mule Teams that would haul Borax from the mines in the Mojave Desert. He was so excited to actually move to a place that bore so much pioneering history. When he received his license to drive, exploring became a daily pastime. Then, he was exposed to the pitfalls of wheeling in the desert. Not having access to 4-wheel drive, he was forced to respect traction and gravity. Now that he’s had experience with just about every kind of vehicle in the desert, he relates well with anyone wanting to experience the Great Outdoors. Ultimately, he loves to see the smile these experiences will put on your face.
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