Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road

4.4/5 (11 reviews)
Mojave, California (Kern County)
Last Updated: 03/08/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

This is a well graded road, an easy route for a beginner, that will take you through an ascent of 4864 feet from the sandy high desert floor at Jawbone Station up into the cool trees of Sequoia National Forest where one can find dispersed camping. A long, and very scenic route, that provides a variety of travel through open OHV areas, past huge graceful windmills on a ridge, up steep sandy switchbacks that challenge 2WD vehicles to find traction, to the high elevation of the shady Sequoia forest, and past an interesting historic chip burner. The road ends at the location of the old, long gone, mining town of Claraville, which is now an area of private ranches where Longhorn cattle can be spotted.

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Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (11 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Quick TrailRun. Full size rigs with no problem. Definitely will go back
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Daniel Argueta
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Daniel Argueta
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great easy trail with spots for dispersed camping either down at Jawbone Canyon OHV area or Sequoia National forest. Did this trail all in 2WD on my Tacoma and also with a 2WD 4Runner all in low gear and some momentum. Might’ve been possible because of the dry weather, definitely not possible in 2WD with wet weather.
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Sergio Cazarez
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great easy trail with spots for dispersed camping either down at Jawbone Canyon OHV area or Sequoia National forest. Did this trail all in 2WD on my Tacoma and also with a 2WD 4Runner all in low gear and some momentum. Might’ve been possible because of the dry weather, definitely not possible in 2WD with wet weather.
Raul
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just did this trail with the wife and we ended up at Landers camp for the night. Some of the trail is covered in snow after you enter the Sequoia National forrest. When we were going up we ran into a caravan of 8 vehicles Jeeps/Toyotas and 1 Nissan. The drive in the snow was awesome had fun sliding a bit. The views once you get to higher elevation are amazing.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy trail! LR3 lifted on 33" KO2 made it through no problem

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