Burro Schmidt's Tunnel is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cantil, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.5 miElevation gain2,276 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingohv / off road drivingViewsWildflowersRockyNo shade
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Steve Shellam
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Firstly, I would say to attempt this at the height of summer would be a foolish idea. The reason I have give this a 1* is because the track is completely wrong. It takes you nowhere near the tunnel. I did get to see the tunnel, this was only because I stopped for some water and checked out the view behind me. I spotted the tunnel in the distance behind me. I over shot it about by about 1.5 miles, but I went back free lancing off the track trying to follow the contours of the steep slopes the best I could. If you check out my track, the tunnel is the complete strait line where I lost my

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thony sarmiento
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Hiking

Got stuck leaving the tunnel

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Rodney Silva
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OHV/Off-road driving

I this is a loop I did. last chance canyon and the tunnel and a few other things

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Keith Lewis
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HikingMuddyOff trailWashed out

This is not the trail to burro Schmidt, it is a good 4x4 experience but you need to have some ground clearance due to the rocks. You are pretty much just driving up a wash known as “Last Chance Canyon. If you have a dirt bike or quad you can make it all the way up the canyon.

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Tim Miller
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Hiking

This is not the trail to the tunnel. You can drive a car or atv to the tunnel. You have to drive about 10 miles in the dirt to get there.

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E Mac
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Cool hike

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Kirk Young
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OHV/Off-road driving

Rode up on my KTM 1290R I didn't take the exact route on the map I came in from the north Rt 86B from Ca14 it was a pretty fun track over there we walked through the tunnel out the other side had some lunch and headed out to Ransburg it was pretty cool to see definitely worth going

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christopher Bowen
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OHV/Off-road driving

The trail track does not take you to Burro Schmidt Tunnel.

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gregg shaff
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Walking

Drove up in 4WD and just walked through the tunnel and back. Afterward, explored the compound as best as possible. Very cool history at this place!

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Ben Gorton
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Completed this in a FWD crv. Fun ride out lots of great scenery.

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David McConnell
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OHV/Off-road driving

Been here twice, the first time from highway 14 and the other from the 395. The route from the 395 was much more intensive than from the 14, but made it up in a stock '03 RWD 4Runner. I would recommend 4x4 or at least a locking rear diff if coming from the 395. Your mom's Camry won't make it either way. The tunnel itself is pretty bizarre, definitely worth seeing. Bring a flashlight, as it gets pitch dark in there.

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Brian Hayman
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Hiking

Ok so this trail needs a real review as the skill level needed for this if driving a vehicle is seriously lacking. If trying to complete this in a 4x4 you will not make it. Part of it is closed to motorized vehicles from mile marker 6-8. The other issue is the amount of soft sand will be a real issue. Make sure you travel with another vehicle this is not a solo route. I would only recommend an OHV for this trail because on the return the route is very narrow with steep inclines that would challenge even a motorbike. For the hiker this trail is very nice as it gradually increases in elevation gain. At mile 7 the incline rises very quickly and drops quickly presenting lots of PUDs (pointless ups and downs) until the end. Lastly start this early or late do not attempt from 11-4 as this is a very hot trail with no shade no water. I even recommend 4 liters of water at a minimum. I got off the trail early due to an injury.

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Stuart Z
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Fun tunnel but a bit too short. Hit my head and fell a few times as I'm a tall guy. The view at the end when you exit is truly amazing. Probably best to come here with an ATV or OHV.

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Jason St Clair
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Hiking
First to Review

I hiked from last chance canyon to the tunnel. Lots of hills. Lots of jeeps. Very exciting. The tunnel was shorter than I thought but still a tremendous feat for one man. Very jeep friendly area next time I will bring one.

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Terry Huff
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Gabriel Bressler
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Alexis Feller
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Chien-Chang Chen
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Jeremy Meighan
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AllTrails User
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Noah Cummings
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Aime Aguilar
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John Minkema
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Monty Montana
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