Bird Spring Canyon Road (SC120)

Weldon, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 04/07/2019
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 14.67 miles
Highest Elevation: 5341 feet
Duration: About 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Weldon
Nearest Town w/ Services: Inyokern
Official Road Name: Bird Spring Canyon Road
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Ridgecrest Field Office


Highlight: Bird Spring Canyon Road (SC120)
This trail finds itself crossing Bird Spring Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail simultaneously as it travels east to west across the Scodie Mountains. The Scodie Mountains are nestled at the southernmost portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. As you immerse yourself into this backcountry setting, one can't help but get a sense of the struggles and the enjoyment early settlers must have felt. To the east, Black Mountain stands proud in the forefront of the El Paso Mountain range with the Panamint Mountains providing a postcard backdrop. To the west, Kelso Valley, Piute Mountain, and Sherman Peak can be witnessed with glimpses of Isabella Lake in the distance. Overlanders especially enjoy running this trail in either direction to afford them passage across the Scodie Mountains to adjacent attractions at their own pace.


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1. West Trailhead of SC120 - Bird Spring Canyon Rd (0 mi)
This is the trailhead situated on the west side of the Scodie Mountains. This trail can be run from either direction, but starting here provides the best overall experience. As you can see in the third picture, high-temperatures are common in the summertime.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Weldon, California

From CA-178, turn south onto Kelso Valley Road and travel 5.3 miles. Turn right onto S Kelso Valley Road and drive another 6.2 miles. Turn left onto Bird Spring Canyon Road/SC120.



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Chuck Nielsen

Mapping Crew - California

Chuck just flat-out loves off-roading. He caught the bug at the age of 15 when his family moved to the Antelope Valley (located in the Mojave Desert) from Long Beach, California. In grade school, he was fascinated of learning about the 20-Mule Teams that would haul Borax from the mines in the Mojave Desert. He was so excited to actually move to a place that bore so much pioneering history. When he received his license to drive, exploring became a daily pastime. Then, he was exposed to the pitfalls of wheeling in the desert. Not having access to 4-wheel drive, he was forced to respect traction and gravity. Now that he’s had experience with just about every kind of vehicle in the desert, he relates well with anyone wanting to experience the Great Outdoors. Ultimately, he loves to see the smile these experiences will put on your face.
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