Forest Road 183

Total Miles


1789.38 ft


3 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

Forest Road 183 takes you from the low desert up to nearly 6,000FT in elevation past the hiking trail heads for Elephant Head and Aguas Caliente. The route varies from 2wd high clearance to steep and 4wd high clearance recommended by the terminus at a locked gate and towers. There are campsites all along the route with existing fire rings and one seasonal water crossing where a small creek flows past.


For the first couple miles, the trail is easy, but bumpy with lots of loose rocks that could cause a flat. Further up the trail gets very steep and has cliff exposure, but the steepest sections are reinforced with concrete to prevent erosion and loss of grip.

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