Last Chance Canyon - Red Rock Canyon State Park

Randsburg, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 12/07/2018
4.7 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 2599 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Randsburg
Nearest Town w/ Services: Randsburg
Official Road Name: Last Chance Canyon
Management Agency: California State Parks
District: Red Rock State Park
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Highlights

Highlight: Last Chance Canyon - Red Rock Canyon State Park
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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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This is the Last Chance Trailhead and one of many entrances to the Red Rock State Park trail system. It's a great staging area for airing your tires down/up and disconnecting/reconnecting your sway bars, depending on which direction you are headed. The trail heads north from here.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.362050, -117.898780
From Mojave: Head north on Highway 14 for 20 miles. Turn right onto Redrock Randsburg Road. Continue east for 6 miles. The trailhead will be on your left. From Kramer Junction: Head north on Highway 395 for 28.6 miles. Turn left onto Redrock Randsburg Road and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn right to stay on Redrock Randsburg Road and travel west for 14.5 miles. The trailhead will be on the right. From Inyokern: Head south on Highway 14 for 24 miles. Turn left onto Redrock Randsburg Road and travel east for 6 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.

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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 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

Trail Reviews (6)

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Status: Open
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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.

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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.

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Status: Open
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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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Status: Open
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An amazing trail and great place to spend a day or a weekend! The trail was definitely rocky and 4x4, high clearance and a minimum of 32" tires will be needed to complete the trail. I spent 75% of the it in 4Lo and 25% of it in 4Hi due to the deep sand. We did all the extra credit routes and the V-Notch was especially entertaining cause the sand has recessed lower making the notch that much harder. A beautiful scenic trail that everyone should do at least once. We continued on the trail onto Graduation Hill then took EP15 towards the West portion of the Park and ended the trail ride at the Abandoned Dutch Cleanser Mine for lunch and hanging out! Also, Spoke to a Ranger on the way out of Red Rocks and as of right now he states that the trails will remain open to Green Sticker vehicles and standard registered trucks. So looks like we will still be able to enjoy the area.

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Status: Open
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A lot of groups have been enjoying this trail lately, now that it's cooled down from the Summer.

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Had a great, ran the trail at night after checking Cleanser Mine. Can't wait to go back.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Hi Nicholas, Thank you for the great write up! question on Last Chance Canyon, are there bypasses for all of the tough obstacles? I am thinking of doing this trail with some friends and one has a pretty stock Toyota. I am not sure if it is suitable without risking damage, some of your pictures look pretty aggressive. I am hoping to tie in Brickel Camp, Burro Schmidt Tunnel, and and the Dutch Cleanser Mine after, if you have any route recommendations on how to get to those and back to pavement it would be appreciated. I have never been to the area and i know sometimes trials on maps are difficult to tell which ones are Jeep trails and which trails are more suitable for motorcycles.
–Nick Mirkovich (11/09/2020)
–Nicholas Nielsen (11/17/2020)

Writer Information

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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