Rugged desert bordering closed wilderness. Great mountain views and seasonal wildflowers. We drove as far as possible into Pass Canyon and took a short, fun hike at the end. Trail is blocked at Moss Mine, now a huge commercial mine, but we found a fun, alternate return route. Great OHV area with difficult optional challenges and many side roads to explore.
Submitted by Chuck Wells
A big change here! Moss Mine at Waypoint 08 is now a huge active mine. The exit road 7717, we show in the book, is blocked on both sides of the mine. As you are coming south from Waypoint 07 you have two options. Where our map shows 7756 joining on the right, you can turn left and follow a sandy wash east and connect to roads going south. Or my preferred detour is to go to the north gate at the mine and turn northeast on 7813 shown in the book. This is a fun road with lots of steep hills and descents. Pass Canyon itself has partly filled in with sand and is no longer difficult, but you can find difficult side obstacles if that’s your thing. Also, if you continue west in Pass Canyon past Waypoint 07, the canyon gets very narrow and is very interesting. There’s also a large rock overhang with shade for a lunch stop. Eventually, it becomes a narrow slot canyon just wide enough to walk through.