Odessa-Doran Loop

Total Miles
6.1

Elevation

986.79 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Difficult

Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This amazingly fun route winds north through Odessa Canyon and climbs into the Calico Mountains. From this high point, trail descends south through Doran Canyon. You'll see many open mines along the route, as well as massive Bismarck Mine. This is a great area for green-sticker vehicles with many other roads to explore. Stay on routes marked "OPEN." While there, we recommend you visit nearby Calico Ghost Town (fee area).

Photos of Odessa-Doran Loop

Odessa-Doran Loop
Odessa-Doran Loop
Odessa-Doran Loop

Difficulty

Difficult: Large rocks with big ledges and steep drop-offs. Extremely narrow in places. Numerous side roads make route-finding challenging. To see extreme obstacle, go left at Wpt. 02.

History

The eroded paved portions of this trail are remnants of old Doran Scenic Drive, constructed in the 1930s and popular for about a decade. A few old signs remain and many maps, including Google Earth, still refer to this loop as Doran Scenic Drive.

Technical Rating

6

Status Reports

Tara Beecher Beecher
Nov 09, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Francisco Aranda
Jul 01, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Gabriel Martinez
Jun 22, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Jose Serrano
May 06, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty

Access Description

Get off I-15 at Ghost Town Road and head north. After 3.5 miles, you'll go past entrance to Calico Ghost Town. Continue another half mile to start of trail on left, marked Doran Scenic Drive (later marked CM 7635).

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