Eagle Pass

Total Miles


636.42 ft


3.25 Hours

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Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

A simple, but bone-jarring, trail through a canyon in the Sacramento Mountains near Needles, California. We did this trail starting at Exit 148 south of Needles, but it can be done either way. Eagle Pass seems to be a bit misleading. The "pass" is really a canyon through the Sacramento Mountains; however, the USGS map labels it as Eagle Pass. This is far from being our favorite trail! The canyon itself is kind of nice, but there are 4 or 5 miles of soft, sandy wash on the southeast part of the trail that is "hell on wheels" if you are in a Jeep. It would be better to go in from the Needles end and return the same way. Eagle Peak rises 1300' above the wash.


Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

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