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The directions will take you about a half mile passed the turnoff to the trail head, although it was pretty easy to figure out that we needed to turn around and take the CHRISTMAS TREE PASS EXIT, from there follow the signs about two miles to a parking area.
We went New Years Eve 2016 and there were a lot of people on the trail, and despite this the back half of the trail was much less trafficked and pretty over grown with thorny bushes. Our clothes got a little snagged.
There are a lot of different little ways to use the trail depending on how difficult you want to make it. I would not suggest this trail to anyone who isn't comfortable climbing big slippery rocks or hiking up steep hills. We brought our husky/shepherd dog and she did really well jumping up and over 5+ foot rocks, but I definitely would not call this trail dog or kid friendly.
Over all though it was a really good hike and we got some incredible views.
Liz B. on Grapevine Canyon Trail
Amazing Magical Place!
lots of rock climbing, good grip boots recommended. Many nice big reptiles along the way great for kids who enjoy climbing and exploring (bit dangerous for beginners). Trail is not well maintained and could be difficult to figure out the way. Sacred paintings are beautiful and there's something magical and spiritually in that mountain (personal experience). Good family adventure and overall an amazing place to explore!!
We spent the night at a Hotel in Laughlin and the hot shower sure felt good. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have but it took all of my concentration to make it through the 40 miles of deep sand.
On the return trip, we took a different route out of Laughlin and I drove the gas truck the whole way back. I got stuck near Geoff as a train had broken down and was blocking the road so I had to drive 10 miles to a place where I could go under the tracks and just barely cleared. As a result of the train blocking the road, I was an hour late to the gas stop and you do not get cell phone reception on the Mojave Road.
By the time the day was over and I finally got home, I think I had driven my truck over 600 miles the final day. That wore me out more than riding my bike the day before.
This is a fun ride, but it is more fun if you can have a designated gas truck driver so you don't have to trade off. Never do this ride alone because if you have a problem, it could be a very long time before someone would find you. I would say that the minimum number of riders should be at least four to be on the safe side and more is even better.
If your group is over a certain number, you have to get a permit from the Mojave National Preserve Ranger. This ride is best done in the winter because it can get well over 110 or higher in the summer.
Came across this trail while driving across Christmas tree pass. Set out around 8:30 in the morning with my father and friend. Easy hike with some fun areas to climb up on top of some large rocks. Petroglyphs are definitely an added bonus to see. Had a great time and would suggest for anyone.
My wife and I started hiking the canyon 20 years ago when we were just dating. Over the years we have sporadically visited it, but not with much regularity. We decided to go last Sunday 3/16/14 and it was still an amazing hike. Our 17 year-old son loved it and I found myself and my son chasing the lizards, and climbing the boulders. Beautiful views, easy to moderate hike with some tight spots. Glad we hit it up again.
Great hike that can be tailored to anyone's hiking desires. It took us about an hour to hike to where the canyon dead ends at a spring. You can scramble up the hillsides, let kids play on boulders, just hike through the wash. Beautiful views the whole way.
Beautiful Trail! The Petroglyphs are just the beginning! You could hike all day out and back if you'd like. We were only able to hike about 2 hours in and 2 hours out. Great climbing areas with rock slabs, washes, trees and thick brush in some areas. It was great! Can't wait to go back for a longer hike!