Mojave Road, Central

Total Miles
56.1

Elevation

1,578.74 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

Highlights of Mojave Road Central include stops at the Rock House, Government Holes, Marl Springs and the Mail Box. Entire route is inside the Mojave National Preserve, open to street-legal vehicles only. Trail departs from and rejoins larger Cedar Canyon Road several times.

Photos of Mojave Road, Central

Mojave Road, Central
Mojave Road, Central
Mojave Road, Central

Difficulty

Moderate: Mostly easy, but the descent to Watson Wash can be very challenging for stock 4x4 SUVs. This spot will be intimidating to novice drivers. Much of the route is soft sand, which, when dry, can quickly bog down any vehicle. Don't camp in washes where flash floods are possible.

History

Bert Smith built the Rock House in 1929. He came to this desolate place in an attempt to prolong his life after being exposed to poisonous gases in WWI. Although not expected to live long, he lasted another 25 years. You'll see signs for a loop hiking trail by the cabin. We recommend the hike. It leads to photogenic Rock Spring that provided water for the cabin. From 1866 to 1868, Rock Spring was the site of a military outpost.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Jim Northrup
Jun 13, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Washboard
travel's in pretty good shape. a lot of off camber spots and there was one spot that I bypassed because it was a Mogul field on a pretty steep decline. not too far from The Rock House
Lincoln Every
May 26, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Washboard
Soda lake dry and open. Great scenery, easy route
Sean Donlon
Feb 17, 2024
2022 Chevrolet Silverado
Open
Normal
Washboard
Road was fine. Great weather. Soda Lake still closed. Please don’t drive on it until officially open. Detour was quick and got us back on the Mojave Road…
Trey Benke
May 27, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard

Access Description

Trail starts on Ivanpah/Lanfair/Goffs Road, where Mojave Road East ends. This point is about 17.2 miles north of Goffs and 0.8 mile north of Cedar Canyon Road.

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