Garlock/Trona Pinnacles is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trona, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and off road driving and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
Otherworldly area, bleak and deserted. The "12.2 mile trail" referenced in the listing is actually vehicle miles from the pavement to the middle of the pinnacles. There is no formal trail in here, but you can wander around the rock formations with little chance of getting lost as long a you keep within sight of where you parked. Great spot for artsy photography :)
Great place to stop on the way to Death Valley. The dirt road is well maintained and I was able to make it to the pinnacles in a 2wd low clearance passenger car with no problems. You can spend as much or as little time as you want here wandering around on unmarked trails. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
You might recognize this otherworldly landscape from having seen it used as a backdrop in film and television, most notably the climax of Star Trek V. The "trail" tends to be rather informal; you basically wander around among the spires to your heart's content. For those who prefer not to get out of their cars, you can tour the pinnacles using the network of unpaved roads and tracks that crisscross the area (70% of these are not shown on the map). I was out here camping overnight on my way to Death Valley. (Primitive camping is allowed, pack-it-in, pack-it-out. There is a vault toilet in the main parking area, and fires are permitted in established fire rings - bring your own firewood). If you enjoy desert camping, or photographing weird landscapes, then this place is for you.