Mazourka Peak Via Mazourka Canyon Road is a 33.1 mile out and back trail located near Independence, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
I started on this trail from Independence to Mazourka Peak on Saturday, Sept 15, 2012. I came out at Big Pine 7 hours later. It was described as an easy one way in-one way out trail and that is true. I'm guessing the tower operators pay to keep the road smooth for service trucks But when I got to the peak, I noticed a trail going north to Papoose Flats with a sign on the side which said "Road to Papoose Flats washed out". So I took it. You continue north over two mountains through woods on a defined trail. Some technical skill required. No major obstacles. A lift would be helpful but not required-- i was on 35" tires with a 4" lift. No washed out road noticed. No lockers required. 4WD mandatory due to steepness and loose dirt. A lot of off-camber driving. This part of the drive is breathtaking with great views of the Owens River Valley north and south for miles! From Papoose Flats, there is a smooth section with very little elevation change at about 8000 to 9000 feet, and then a steep descent into Death Valley Road where it is paved into Big Pine. On the way down this paved DVR, there is a sign on an A-Frame facing traffic going towards Death Valley saying "Road Closed". You can't always believe what you read!