Last Chance Canyon - Red Rock Canyon State Park

4.8/5 (8 reviews)
Randsburg, California (Kern County)
Last Updated: 12/07/2018
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Trail Information

Highlights

Only 2 hours north of Los Angeles, lies one of the most amazing collections of canyons in the El Paso Mountain range. Last Chance Canyon in the Red Rock State Park is one such canyon. Known for its steep canyon walls, and challenging rock obstacles, Last Chance Canyon has continued to be a favorite among intermediate to advanced off-road enthusiasts. Several other 4x4, motorcycle, hiking trails, and historic sites can be accessed from this trail. The Dutch Cleanser Mines, Bickel Camp, Cudahy Camp, Burro Schmidt Tunnel, Holland Camp and Holly Ash Mine are just a few of the attractions.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (8 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Was pretty difficult, but this was my first rock crawling trail. Even our friend with 35s on a Xterra struggled a bit. (We made it through with a LR3, 33" KO2 lifted).
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Hey Guys, my name is Troy or @dustyovrlnd on IG. Anyways, we hit this trail this past Saturday and I would say it has definitely become a lot more washed out then I remember. I had no issues in my JKU on 35s with a 3" lift, but some of the heavier 4Runners were struggling and precision spotting was needed. We even had a 2nd gen 4R blow their angler arm. I ran the trail out and back to get a new part for him and each time I remember thinking it got more difficult. The Cudahy Camp bypass was open but I think the easier route was EP15b although they did some strange rerouting and forced you around the post office and shack. Anyways, the park wants to close this trail since its being abused so much, make sure you bring extra parts/tools and pack out what you pack in. Trasharoos are like $30 people...
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/24/2021

Great scenic trail with a few optional obstacles. The v-notch is no joke; one of the most technical ones I’ve done. Graduation hill looks more intimidating than it should. This trail is a great entry point to a whole network of trails and sights in the area.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/27/2021

Nice trail into Red Rock Canyon. Just enough rocky obstacles to make you feel like you did some work. We went northbound and finished with climbing up graduation hill, which looks trickier than it actually is. Good trail overall with proper ground clearance.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/07/2020

Great trail through amazingly beautiful geography. Went with our Tacoma (3G) on 33" tires and mild lift. Some armor scrapes here and there, still learning the best lines for this truck. Overall a great experience and not many people out there when we ran it. Highly recommended. We are looking forward to going back in our more dedicated rock-capable truck and doing some extra credit sections.

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