Future Route Development

As indicated on the route page, the Mojave Trail is not yet a legal and/or viable trail to hike.

It could be many decades until the route becomes a recognized and legal trail to hike, if ever.

Below are a list of goals being set forth:

  1. Divide section one into multiple sections, possibly adding an additional ~20 miles of route, in order to access possible semi-reliable water sources.
  2. Consider alternative route to by-pass sections three and four to negate right of ways (currently in-progress)

    • June 2016 - In order to by-pass sections in section three that had right of way legal issues, the decision was made to create a new section made up of three smaller sections. The first two sections have been completed. The third section is also facing right of way issues but should be something that can be by-passed with a dozen or two miles of paved road walking (the only paved walking on the trail) and work is being done to investigate this. This three-part section will result in the complete removal of the previously planned section three and section four as previously referenced on the route page. This is unfortunate, but will be necessary in order to make the trail not have illegal access (aka: right of ways) issues. A couple of positives about this redirect is that it will involve getting to see the Rodman Mountains Petroglyphs and if you want to take a couple of miles detour you will be able to stop by the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, one of the few USDA/DFG permitted facilities in American that has pure breed wolves. It also means there will be about 40 miles less hiking right beside a railroad. On the negative side, it means it will not follow the entirety of the Mojave River, less access to water along the final sections, and significantly less towns to supply in (some may see that as a good thing - more wilderness, less society)
  3. Develop one additional sections from Eastern terminus to LV (currently in-progress)
  4. Develop two additional sections from Western terminus to LA (currently in-progress)
  5. Further cooperative work with the NTS agencies

The development of a new trail can often times take decades. As an example, the PNW trail took right at 40 years from the time it was first routed to the time it became an official NTS recognized trail.