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Cantil, California Map
9 days ago

Very hot in the summer and barely any shade but very pretty rocks.

3 months ago

Another short easy hike that can be combined into a longer hike if desired.  Fun little hike that has a little elevation gain so you can get a better view of the park and scenery.  Recommend this trail and about 45 minutes to complete or longer if you want to combine with another trail.

This is a unique place for photos which is off the "trail".  There is a trail to the right of the cliffs but it seemed like a long trail despite the literature saying it was only 1 mile roundtrip.  Since the birds of prey were breeding I was a little hesistant to walk too far since the trail also combines into Nightmare Gulch.

Not worth a special trip but worth stopping to see if you are in the area. lots of good photo opportunuties. The Hagen Trail is also half a mile down the road on the other side.

4 months ago

This was a great trail. Tons to see here. Lots of land to cover. Brought the dogs. They loved it.

Made it out to the same spot in a FWD crv fun ride great scenery definitely need a higher clearance for the hill down after this.

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

Good trails. Plenty of camping

on Last Chance Canyon

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail! Mostly a rocky wash, with a few steep outcrops to climb. Great geology to see. Ran the trail in a 4th gen 4Runner with 3-inch lift and 33" AT tires, no issues. I would not recommend in a stock height 4x4, you'll take a beating.

off road driving
7 months ago

It's an easy trail and a god stat section for a rout you can take all the way to Isabella Lake.

off road driving
7 months ago

It's fine but not worth a special trip. A fun stop-off as you head elsewhere.

off road driving
7 months ago

Has some more difficult sections that you don't have to take. A fun day out from LA
Watch out for turtles and give them the road.

off road driving
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Perfect get away. Solitude, peace , open country. Tons of places to shoot and camp. Will most definitely be coming back to jawbone many many times.

Says here that this trail is accessible year round; however, today when we went there there were large rocks on the ground that were blocking the entrance to vehicle traffic.

off road driving
10 months ago

Lots of technical parts if you follow this route. Went in a raptor and needed a spotter and 4x4. Def easier in an ATV. Once you turn to go to tunnel it is easy going.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cool off road Terrain better to drive up north and come down south the drive is easy and clear for the most part will need 4x4 , the tunnel and camp are really cool just follow the road numbered 15 and you'll get to the tunnel

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great little spot to stop at if it's to or from your destination. Decided to stop on our way home to LA and take in the beautiful cliffs w/ our mini dachshund.
Spent a couple hours walking, climbing and taking pictures before moving on.
Nice experience and another trail we can check off our list with our little hound pup. :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Showed up at 5PM on a Friday (31MAR) and there were plenty of camping spots. The rangers use the "faith" system when paying for camping - there's a drop box for fees at the entrance. The camp site was quiet and the stars were so bright that I could see my shadow at night.

on Burro Schmidt's Tunnel

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Beautiful and desolate. Bring a map--it's easy to wander off trail by following the wash or other lost hikers attempting to find the tunnel. Trail branches off into several other trails in a dozen places. There are now fences and signs blocking this trail in some parts. Flat in the beginning, but there's some pretty consistent hills and valleys on the way back. Once we found the way back, trail was clearly marked.

The tunnel was pretty cool--amazing how one person with limited tools accomplished all that. A lot of people rode ATVs or 4WDs to the tunnel, so it got a little crowded there.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Don't go Feb to July. They have it blocked off for Bird Nesting

on Red Cliffs Trail

Monday, January 30, 2017


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Great little hike. I started by heading south on the trail. at the southern point you have a great little vista view looking right at the main formations as you drive in. At the north point of the trail you will find several groupings of Joshua Trees. Form this side you can also walk up the back of the formations should you wish.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

We loved this trail! It was very hot and dry since it's the desert and the summer, however the formations and the views were incredible. There was only one other couple hiking the day we went and they were leaving just as we showed up which made for a relaxing and private hike to enjoy it all. It is dog friendly, which is awesome (yay!) however it is hot dry and hard on the feet with zero shade so it may not be for every dog, and for people and dogs alike bring plenty of water and energy drinks.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beautiful but hot. It is the desert I guess after all.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

walked around a bit and explored and sat around for the sunrise, was really beautiful

on Red Cliffs Trail

Monday, January 11, 2016

Yesterday morning, 01/09/2016 I decided to hike Red Rock Canyon State Park on the west side of SR14. I was the lone hike out there, visitor's centered closed but numerous campers and motor crossers. The hike to Whistler's Ridge and Peak was cool, easy and the terrain felt like hiking on foam after the El Nino rain weather. After hiking the Whistler's Ridge, I hiked to the middle top of Canyon Ridge which was cool but scary. I back tracked and veered to the left towards to bottom of the canyon and hike along the canyon floor to very west side of the canyon. Cool hike. I expect this place to be full of hikers, come spring and fall.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Short but sweet. You leave the loop drive of Ricardo Campground from its south end, climb along the ridge and, when in doubt, just keep going uphill. Quite steep near the top, but with spectacular views of the tilted layers that make up this part of the park. Bring water and a camera. On the way back down, you can drop into the upper part of Hagen Canyon to the south, and explore a landscape of badlands, hoodoos and castellation. Be careful if you head downstream in Hagen Canyon, though. There's a 50' dry waterfall at the bottom of a neat waterslide, and you wouldn't want to miss your turnaround point and keep on going over the edge!

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