Hanging Rock Loop

Total Miles


1,735.83 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a fun loop that starts off with SC39 and SC47. It begins with long downhill sections of s-turns and the trail is several feet below the main desert floor with Yuccas on both sides. After a few miles, you will make a right turn onto SC50 and start a climb up into the mountains. This section provides some great views of the Piute Mountains to the West. As you crest the top of the trail, it turns sharply to the right and begins its descent into a narrow canyon sand wash. This wash has several rocky sections that require you to climb over small boulders. After a few miles, you will make a right turn on SC69 and begin climbing up the mountain. This section of the route is soft with some ruts that require the driver to navigate around them. As the trail crests the top, it is quite soft on the downhill side, and low gear is a good option. The trail will wind down through the Yuccas and soon you will come to a unique rock formation with a large rock hanging just to the left of the trail. There is a small turn-out just past the hanging rock so you can stop and take some pictures. As you continue down the trail is mostly double wide s-turns and soon you will complete the loop and return to SC47.

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Hanging Rock Loop
Hanging Rock Loop
Hanging Rock Loop


A couple of hill climbs with one soft downhill and a few sections with deep ruts.

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Access Description

Exit highway 14 at the Dove Springs entrance. Take SC103 past the main staging area. Continue on SC103 as it climbs up into the foothills. The trail will start to descend into the actual Dove Springs. Take the trail to the right SC328 and cross the water. Continue down this trail which will turn into SC47. The route starts at the intersection of SC47 and SC50

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