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Mojave Road, West

3rd section of the famous Mojave Road overland trip.

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Location Baker, CA
Rating Moderate,
Length 36mi
Time 5hrs

Vehicle Types


Rainy weather can stop completion of this trip.

The first part of the drive is uneventful as you head west from Kelbaker Road. Crossing Soda Lake is fairly routine, too, when the lake is dry. Concerns peak, however, if it has rained recently. You may be forced to take a long detour (described in mileage log). If you can cross the lake, you then enter an area where the trail may be obscured by wind-blown sand, increasing your chance of getting lost. Finally, you pass through Afton Canyon, which includes two crossings of the Mojave River. At rare times, these crossings can be very deep. Only street-legal vehicles are allowed inside Mojave National Preserve. OHV area west of preserve.


Trail Ratings Defined

(More challenging when wet) Variable conditions may include: deep mud, soft wind-blown sand and difficult route-finding. Without question, 4-wheel drive is required. GPS is highly recommended.






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Best Time To Go

Sept.- Nov. and Mar.- May

Current Conditions

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Trail Updates

Submitted by Matt Peterson
No changes to directions. River crossing at 34.8 miles was a little above the top of the wheels on a stock Tacoma (about 32″.)


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