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Last Chance Canyon

Take this trail in place of Bonanza Gulch if you want a bit more challenge.

Total Miles

19

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Elevation
4,120'
Duration
4 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
All Year

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Trail Overview
Last Chance Canyon
This is the more challenging route to Bickel Camp and Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Red buttes envelop the canyon at Cudahy Camp heading north. There is a really unique dugout just west of camp. Green-sticker vehicles are permitted, but please stay on the designated route. Red Rock Canyon State Park does not allow camping.
History
Dubbed the “human mole” by Time Magazine in the 1940s, William “Burro” Schmidt spent 38 years digging his half-mile-long tunnel. He operated it as a tourist attraction until his death in 1954. Today, nothing remains but bare cabins.
Getting There
From Highway 14 about 21 miles north of Mojave, turn right (northeast) on Redrock-Randsburg Road and go 6 miles to wide dirt road on left. Look for signs after you turn. This point is 14.4 miles west of Randsburg.
Contact for Current Conditions
California State Parks
(661) 946-6092