Box Canyon Road - CA is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
This is a scenic drive through Box Canyon Road. If you wanted to feel like you were back in the 1920s drive through Box Canyon Road. Because what you'll see there is exactly what people saw back in the 1920s. It's the same now and has not changed.
This review is from a cyclist point of view.
Box Canyon Road is a nearly continuous, gradual, 17-mile climb from the Salton Sea area (-28 ft) to the edge of Joshua Tree National Park (1836 ft). The road is paved with fairly rough granite-based asphalt, and it has extremely light traffic. At the boundary to Joshua Tree NP, the incline becomes much steeper. (It was too steep for me to continue on my fixed gear at 15x48.) The return is a breeze and a joy!
You can pull off on one of the field accesses and park for several hours without much concern about theft or vandalism. The streets in this area east of Mecca are in a strict grid, so note the milages to crossing the irrigation canal.
This route starts at the intersection of Painted Canyon Road driving approx. five miles north on Box Canyon Road and where it ends; on the right side, is the trailhead parking to Grottos #1, Sheep Hole Oasis, Hidden Palms and Hidden Valley.