Fossil Bed Road

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4/5 (6 reviews)
Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 02/06/2024
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This trail starts as Fossil Bed Road and then diverts to the right at a Y. The diverted section is a long, straight, dirt and rock road that travels west across a portion of the eastern Mojave Desert, and eventually along the southern border of the Black Mountain Wilderness. This trail is a connecting trail that provides access to many trails and points of interest. These include Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark, Owl Canyon Campground, Coons Canyon hiking trail, Fossil Canyon hiking trail, Opal Mountain Road, Hinkley Road, and Black Canyon Road. The connecting trails also lead to other points of interest such as Inscription Canyon, Scouts Cove, and Copper City Road.

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4/5 (6)
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Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/06/2024

Closed due to flooding.
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Rated 1/5
Visited: 03/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This trail is open. Recently graded and in good shape. This trail can be traveled in any SUV.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail, no longer closed. Easy road that has amazing views.
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/28/2022

Driving Irwin road, we noticed that Fossil Bed Road is blocked off with Road Closed signs.
Trail Review: Fossil Bed Road - Robert Kruse
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy enough for a 2wd car in good weather up until rainbow basin trail. Going west from there you will need a little more clearance, tire, and experience. There are a few washes, dips, and areas with soft sand.

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