Scouts Cove

Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/05/2019
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.92 miles
Highest Elevation: 3108 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Barstow
Nearest Town w/ Services: Barstow
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: California Desert District Office


Highlight: Scouts Cove
Scout’s Cove is located in the Opal Mountains north of Black Mountain Wilderness. It was a mining site for opals in the early 20th century, financed by the Tiffany Jewelry Company from New York. There is evidence that ancient Native Americans also mined opal from this area. The miners carved a nice shelter in the tufa dome near the mine, which is now used by campers. The Scouts Cove Mineshaft was one of the first chosen by the State of California for remediation due to the danger of the open shaft and it was filled in early 2003, but Opal Mountain is still popular with rockhounds for fire opal and Jasper.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The northern end of the trail begins at Black Canyon Road. Start here by going up the hill. There is a short steep section that is rocky, but, not too hard if you have decent clearance and tires.

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Starting Point: Barstow, California

This is a short connecting trail that runs between Black Canyon Road and Opal Mountain Road. To get to this trail one needs to travel from Barstow to Fossil Bed Road and then to either Black Canyon Road or Opal Mountain Road first. This trail is started either off the Black Canyon Road or Opal Mountain Road. The northern end, where it meets with Black Canyon Road, is not too far from Inscription Canyon.



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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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