The Mojave Road traverses 140 miles of the Mojave National Preserve. Though not exceptionally technical, the remote water-less expanses, historical nature, and impressive topography have made this a classic overland track. We've added on to this scenic route to lengthen the trip and include a secluded beach camp site where travelers may escape the desert heat. The trail includes large sand washes, dry lake beds, heavy silt, steep ascents and descents, and cross-axle hills requiring low-range and careful tire placement.
Flora includes the unique Joshua Tree which appears as something out of a doctor Seuss book, yucca plants, cacti, creosote, and other plants typical of the desert southwest. Fauna ranges widely from owls, small mice, and rodent, to reptiles like gila monsters tortoise and chuckwalla, up to larger predators like cougars.
If you plan to traverse the route, we highly recommend coupling this GPS track with the Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier. It gives an excellent overview of the trails history and provides interesting information along the way.
The track can be completed without refueling if you plan accordingly, however the town of Baker can be the perfect spot to hop off the trail, fill the tanks, and grab a cold drink to escape the heat. There is little to no support along the trail so be sure to bring food, water, a spare tire, and appropriate medical supplies for safety. A spot device or sat phone is recommended.
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