Doran Loop and Odessa Canyon OHV Route is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newberry Springs, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,069 ftRoute typeLoop
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Perhaps the most popular route in the Calico Mountains. Believe it or not, the route going up was once a paved road called "Doran Scenic Drive." You'll see chunks of old pavement that have added to the difficulty. The surrounding area is popular with unlicensed vehicles. Many fun side roads to explore. Officially the canyon on the right is called Odessa Canyon; the canyon on the left is called Bismarck Canyon. While in the area, make sure you visit Calico Ghost Town (fee area). Very narrow in spots with large boulders and embedded rock. Not for oversized vehicles or stock SUVs. Differential lockers, skid plates and high ground clearance required. Few people can drive up the canyon on the left (Bismarck Canyon), but many try.

For trail information, contact Barstow Field office of the Bureau of Land Management at 760-252-6000.

This is a very remote and desolate area. Carry plenty of water and supplies in case you get stranded. Don't travel alone.

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Sara Galindo
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OHV/Off-road driving

It is definitely challenging. Super rocky. We were in a RZR and could make it but our buddy in a different side by side didn’t have as much clearance and couldn’t make it so we had to turn around.

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Steve Shellam
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I tackled this one anti-clockwise and found it fairly easy. Nice gentle gradient. I think clockwise would be more challenging.

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Eddy Egan
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An amazing trail with awesome rock formations! Moderate climbs and rock scrambles.

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Kari Roben
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!Rocky
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Eranit Elidayan
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Brian Gates
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Best advanced trail I’ve experienced so far. I finally found one I couldn’t get through. Had to turn around about 1/3 up the right side. See my recording for where. Previous reviews are accurate. I tried it with my stock Rubicon, alone. I got to a place that could’ve ended badly, with no place to tie my winch line and no body to tow me out. So, I opted out. It was still well worth it! Bring a friend or at least have high clearance.

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drhunt2007 .
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Bradley magid
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no for trail running, more for hiking. But cool cave to explore.

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Andrew Quintanar
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Pretty cool trail. Pucker pass is named pucker pass for a reason!!!

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Jonathan Texeira
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Multiple trails east to hard in a 4x4

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Sal Lopez
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rough trail, started at the beginning of Phillips loop and headed out Bismarck mines, then went down a section of doran Scenic dr and bypassed the gatekeeper. Drove this section in a rzr, 4x4 and high clearance is a must.

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George Alva
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OHV/Off-road driving

Absolutely a must do for any modded rig into rock crawling. Not for stock or newbs. Do not attempt this alone.

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Steve Nelson
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We took this hike over Thanksgiving, found it challenging, great for endurance conditioning and a great time. Cooler weather is best and most enjoyable. Our hike was two days after a good rainfall which added difficulty. Entertaining watching 4x4 activity and a kick walking past them!

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Edward Moore
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Tried to get through (alone) using a sierra 4x4 and around 1/3 of the way from the northern most part south almost became stranded when the trail narrowed too much for the truck to get through. Turned around but there were two water fall places I almost didn't get back over. Very scary unless you're with at least one or two other vehicles that can pull you out if needed. Don't expect to get through it all unless you have a 4x4 lifted jeep with 32-33" tires. Review some of the youtube vids before trying.

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michael colosimo
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OHV/Off-road driving

This trail is badass, very technical. Whomever thinks their stock rig is going back here and coming out looking the same is crazy. Lots of rock and some good wheeling. Go with a buddy.

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William King
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Good hiking in cooler weather. Take plenty of water. Have hiked and off roaded in this area for many years. The initial “gatekeeper” at start of trail is a serious challenge. Most don’t make it without a lot of difficulty.

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Julio Bernal
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Tried to complete; however it was to hot and turned back after 1.5 miles in. Maybe in late October or cooler weather.

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Brad C
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Beautiful trail with a few technical trails. Pick good lines and virtually anything with 4wd will make it just fine.

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David Xavier Gomez
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Ron A
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Been 4wheeling there since the early 90s. Great trail close to first rate Calico camp grounds. Some parts are very difficult and trail should not be attempted my any stock 4x4. Never attempt alone. You cannot turn around and go back in the most difficult spots. First leg is the hardest and crossing over to mule canyon road is easier way out. But also provides direct access to some of the best mines for exploring like the Beast. Mines are solid and safe as long as you take caution and be careful. I’ve explored most of them in the area. Good luck. Have fun be safe.

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Alice Marie
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Oleksiy Zayika
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Killer trail... Saturday the 22nd 2019

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Doug Roberts
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I've been playing in the Calico Mountains for over 20 rears and they never disappoint. Lots of exploring to do. Lots of history in the area.

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Dan Swanson
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Challenging and likely to leave “badges of honor” marks on your ride.

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"uncle roy" tharp
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park my jeep and use the loop for hiking. never crowded, lots to look at, there's even a spring about halfway.

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Kim Eskildsen
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