Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road

Mojave, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 03/08/2019
4.4 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road
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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1. Start at Jawbone Station (0 mi)
Stop in at Jawbone Station to get maps and information about the area. Then set your odometer to zero and set out up the road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Jawbone Station

Take Highway 14 north from Mojave, CA. Exit at Jawbone Station which is a short distance south of Red Rock Canyon State Park.



Trail Reviews (11)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Thanks for this great trail breakdown. One thing that I noticed while doing my research is that the dispersed camping, in fact, is not allowed inside Sequoia forest. In your description it says otherwise, so might need a correction ;)
–Volodymyr Derhachov (05/06/2020)
–Volodymyr Derhachov (10/01/2020)
–paul bailey (10/01/2020)

Writer Information

Clifford (Cliff) Bennett

Mapping Crew - California

A native Californian that has extensively traveled the Pacific Southwest, and now retired from an Engineering career with much time to spend off road. I enjoy off road travel exploring, and camping. Because I have the luxury of spending my days as I want, I am most interested in traveling overland and camping in dispersed sites. One thing I like about TrialsOffroad is the vast information about trails I have not traveled, and, to be able to set up a base camp and visit the nearby published trails. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved; I look forward to meeting many of you on the Trail.
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