Military Checkpoint to Jesus Maria

Total Miles


32.51 ft


1.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

If you're seeking an off-road adventure off the beaten path, this route offers a relatively easy experience, with just a few short deep sand crossings to be mindful of. When traveling south, you'll find the trailhead a mere 25 meters before reaching the Military Checkpoint. It's recommended to approach the checkpoint and inform them of your intentions, regardless of the direction you plan to take. They will offer the option to turn around or back up to the trailhead. After the initial three miles, the trail will veer left towards a ranch. At this point, you have the choice to continue straight for an out-and-back detour to the beach. Back on the main route, you'll be in close proximity to the ocean, although it may not be easily visible for the remainder of the drive. While there are a few short rocky sections along the trail, the majority of the route provides a smooth and comfortable driving experience. There will be a few washes that may have some deep sand along the way and around the 10-mile mark, exercise caution as there are some deep holes with alternative paths around them. If you find yourself traversing this section in darkness, be especially vigilant. In the final few miles, the trail resembles a smooth dirt highway, leading you to Jesus Maria, where you'll find gas and diesel services available.


This is only a level 3 due to some sandy wash crossings. Otherwise its a simple trail, but around mile 10, there are two or three very deep sink holes, the largest of which could hold a VW Bug. All three of these holes have go-arounds.

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Access Description

The right-hand U-turn to the trailhead is just before the military check point from the North and you should let them know before entering the trail. From the South, the trailhead is off of Highway One.

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