Last Chance Canyon

2 Reviews
Location Ridgecrest, CA
Rating Moderate,
Length 19.3mi
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types


Challenging way to Bickel Camp and Burro Schmidt Tunnel.

This alternate way to Bickel Camp and Burro Schmidt Tunnel offers a bit more challenge than Bonanza Gulch, Trail #55. Towering red buttes surround the canyon as you pass through Cudahy Camp and continue north. Don’t miss the interesting dugout west of the camp. Area is open to greensticker vehicles but you must stay on designated routes at all times. No camping in Red Rock Canyon State Park.


Trail Ratings Defined

One spot, we call the V-slot, is very narrow and will challenge wider vehicles. A bypass is only slightly easier. Stock, high-clearance, 4x4 SUVs can manage this trail with an experienced driver. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods.






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Best Time To Go


Hot in summer.

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(661) 946-6092., (760) 384-5400.California State Parks, BLM, Ridgecrest F. Office

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Kirk says

This trail wa a lot of fun! The cave / tunnel was what to be expected. The views were awesome!

Kirk says

My wife and I recently completed the Last Chance Canyon trail. It ended up at the burro schmidt tunnel. It is a 1/4 mile tunnel that was dug by hand over a 38 year period by one man; spectacular views!!!
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