Explore the most popular views trails near Ridgecrest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Going up and down the trail is a great cardio workout that takes me a little more than an hour. Working hard to get that time under an hour!

hiking
7 months ago

More of a road than a trail, but still a good hike.

off road driving
9 months ago

Went solo and only took this trail from Ridgecrest to the Pinnacles, where I jumped off to head to the Nadeau Trail. I've got a 2nd Gen Tacoma DCSB TRD Off-Road with high clearance bumpers, Icon suspension at 3", 32" BFGs and the rocker killing running boards still installed. Clearance was never an issue, never used the locker and only really used the low range for comfort up climbs, though some of the climbs may be a little hairy in 2wd. Could do this first stretch pretty easily in a stock truck if are smart about your line in a couple places, but the two canyons get pretty tight and my truck was a little too long in places to easily get on the right line. Feels just right for the wheel base and track of a stock two-door wrangler, so wouldn't venture into the canyons with a full-sized unless I had decent clearance and rock sliders. Like most desert trails your clear-coat won't come out unscathed. Looks like a great trail for a bike with lots of smaller trails. One of the best stretches I took on this Death Valley trip. Tons of camping at the OHV area where the trail meets Trona Rd.

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Great views of Ridgecrest and the Searles Valley. The first 1-2 miles are brutal, with steep, rocky climbs and descents (~45% grade). The remaining 1-2 miles are somewhat up-and-down, but are more manageable by choosing one of the many OHV trails to minimize altitude change (or maximize, if you're looking for a workout) - there isn't really one defined trail at this point. There are some interesting vertical mining sites along the way, and the mountain peak at the end offers a sprawling view of the Searles Valley that makes the trip worth it.

off road driving
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Fun trail, took a stock DCSB 2016 Tacoma TRD off-road on it and took the truck to its limits. Plenty of high incline crawling, speedy washouts, and very deep mud in the lakebed. Took hits in the under body armor, and went quick enough in the washouts to bottom out the shocks. You can do the trail finding easier ways to get around though. All around fun trail, easy in a modified rig, much more technical in a stock rig like the one I used.

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Road was in pretty good shape. We decided to hike in anyways since it was only a couple of miles. Beautiful scenery easy hike.

off road driving
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Just a wash road, not difficult at all

backpacking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

It was challenging and rewarding, but I prefer open trails rather than a path to follow.

hiking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Beautiful scenery, trail is a little rough/rocky and steep at times. Definitely worth a trip to check out. there are a couple different start points, i suggest the one furthest south and climb up the mountain first then take the lower half of the loop back. tons of forks in the trail so you dont have to do the whole thing if you dont feel up to it.

hiking
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saturday, 01/23/2016 I completed "B Mountain" inside Naval Air Weapon Station China Lake. The 5.0 mile RT hike was pretty mellow on a nice windy breezy cold morning. 0.83 miles is a long straight way that climbs in elevation (seems to not end) and then starts to curb and the hike continues to ascend uphill, flat and a few switchbacks. I was pleased to locate the official peak log, which I was happy to sign. At the peak, is a little radio-type hut and on that windy breezy morning, I heard radio communication which was kind of freaky but cool. To the west is a metal shaped pyramid post which is cool to take a picture with. Approximately 500 feet below the peak is a mini peak that has viewpoint old wooden structure facing the base. It was cool to take a picture.

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

An easy to drive to location. Park by the radio towers then follow the foot path to the peak. A small steep section on the first climb then once on the actual peak the views of the blooming flowers could be seen for miles.

hiking
Saturday, May 31, 2014

El Paso Mtns Wilderness, no vehicles allowed, good hiking area, easy to get to by car, then hiking is all off trail, no marked hiking or foot trails, area is free of trash.

off road driving
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Great area, look for the petroglyphs on the ridges once you reach Sheep's Spring, worth the trip!

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