Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road

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4.6/5 (15 reviews)
Mojave, California (Kern County)
Last Updated: 03/08/2019

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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

4.6/5 (15)
Temporary Closure
Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail was closed at the point you turn off the paved portion of Jawbone Canyon. No indication of why or when it will reopen
Visited: 07/04/2023

Nice drive from 14 up jawbone canyon road. There were two locations that my truck would not be able to clear. There were side shoots to get around them.
Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Me and a buddy went out today we got all the way to the sequoia forest sign after that there is a down tree that fell over the road it was cut to fit a jeep or tacoma full size rigs will get pinstripe. Then afterwards the snow is still present and road is washed out and heavly rutted not passable. A guy was stuck on the road as well. The switchbacks are heavily rutted
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Antonio Olguin Escobar
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Antonio Olguin Escobar
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Awesome Trail. But hit some snow at Mile 25 that was not passable.
Trail Review: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Aaron
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I didn’t make it all the way up cause of thick snow. Like 30 sxs going up hauling ass be carful.

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