Last Chance Canyon

Total Miles


1211.15 ft


4 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview


Moderate: One spot, we call the V-slot, is very narrow and will challenge wider vehicles. A bypass is only slightly easier. Stock, high-clearance, 4x4 SUVs can manage this trail with an experienced driver. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods.


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. During our first visit in 2002, we met a 90-year-old woman, Tonie Seger, who was still living in the main cabin. Artifacts were everywhere. Today, nothing remains but bare cabins (see photos).

Technical Rating


Access Description

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.