dogs on leash
Desert solitude in Southern California. Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. The park offers great hiking, backpacking, camping, 4-wheel driving and wild flower viewing. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.
The forty acres on top of Silver Peak are actually private property. I'm the owner. You are welcome to visit at your own risk so long as you respect the remote wilderness setting and "leave no trace." That includes no camping and certainly no fire or firearms. The steep hike to Silver Peak is quite strenuous and potentially dangerous in inclement weather. The extent of the property is shown on the National Geographic map of the Mojave National Preserve.
We marked the start of this trail once we got out of Banshee Canyon and walked in the opposite direction of the rings. We didn't do the entire trail because the sun was setting, but we thoroughly enjoyed the part that we were able to do. The part we did do was very well-marked with ground stakes.
it is easy walking ... watch out for the horse poop. We encountered only two other people on the trail, but we did see a jackrabbit and as we returned to the parking lot, we saw free-range horses that were kind enough to submit to our taking their pictures.
Definitely a trail worth doing.