Mojave Trail Route
The 'Mojave Trail' is a roughly 240 mile (386 km) hiking trail located in Southern California, USA, that traverses through the Mojave National Preserve.
The current Eastern terminus is Fort Mohave and the current Western terminus is near Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The current route roughly follows the Mojave Road and the Mojave River.
The Mojave Trail currently consists of the following sections:
- Section 1: Fort Mohave (Eastern Terminus of Mojave Road) → Afton Canyon (Western Terminus of Mojave Road)
- Section 2: Afton Canyon → Newberry Springs
- Subsection a: invovles following the dry mojave river bed south to Hiway 66 and into Newberry Springs. HYW 15 will be to the West the entire time, along with a rather active rail road track. There are two options, listed below, on getting into Newberry Springs. Which one you take is mostly dependant upon what kind of supplies you want (post office or truckstop/foodmart) and how many extra miles you want to walk.
- option #1: Follow the dry mojave river bed South until you get to the rail road crossing and follow the rail road into Dagget, which has a post office and a very small market. Barstow is about 6 miles walk to the west. Upon leaving Dagget, follow HWY 66 East to Newberry Springs (see directions in below "b" route option)
- option #2: Follow the dry mojave river bed South until you get to Minneola Rd (the only paved road across the dry river) follow it (about 3.5 miles) to HWY 66
- Subsection b: Regardless of which option you take above, once you get to HWY 66, follow HWY 66 East to the Newberry Springs truck stop / chevron (truck stop, foodmart, subway) at 34.8290082,-116.6928955. About 0.4 miles past the truck stop will be a place called the "Barn" which is a bar+food - it has some surprisingly good reviews, and supposedly they have pizza on the weekends!
- Subsection c: Keep going Easterly on HWY 66 to a dirt road called "Echo Ranch Rd" and take this dirt road (if it can still be called that) to "Earl Rd", which will be near a small park called "Newberry Springs Community Park -- which may or may not be open, and which may or may not have water available.
CAUTION: You should not proceed past this point if you do not have at least four days worth of water in your backpack! It may not take you four days to get through this section, but it might take you five or six days [only you know how fast you can traverse wilderness desert land that is also a lava flow region] and there can be ground level temperatures F120+° (watch this video to see) and it is highly adviced to cache water along this section! This is mostly BLM land so that makes it legal to cache water almost everywhere. There is plenty of dirt road access through this region, so you really really should do so!
- Section 3: Newberry Springs → Lucerne Valley
- Subsection a: Taking whatever route you want (this is, after all, a wilderness trail by design) you need to work your way to: 34.746744, -116.666728 - which is basically the North Western edge of the Rodman Mountains Volcanic lava flow.
- Subsection b: Taking whatever route you want, head into the Rodman Mountain Wilderness Area with a goal of getting to 34.678850, -116.62146, which is on "Canyon Route Rd".
- Optional sight seeing:The above exact coordinates are the location where a small road exists that will lead you (East) to the Rodman Mountains Petroglyphs - a mile or so on the dirt road, hidden away - you will not see them until you walk right up on them. Obviously not necessary to do this, but given you will be out here why not take the extra hour or two to see them! Additionally, if you do a bit of research you can discover the location of a second petroglyps along this Section 3b route - it is more hidden and charished and not a lot of folks publish the exact coordinates - and something we do not want to do via this website.
At this point it is time to get psyched for heading into the Rodman Mountains, follow the Rodman Mountains Volcanic lava flow, perhaps get to walk amongst the Livic Lake volcanic field, see the Rodman Mountains Petroglyphs, and work your way past the half-way point of the Mojave Trail!
More route instructions will be added as time becomes available.
Will also try to have a calmaps route put together at some point.
ETA for the route to be fully online is late 2017
Last updated: 7/1/2016