Opal Canyon

Total Miles
5.7

Elevation

1,003.00 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Fun desert route meanders through Red Rock Canyon State Park, then drops over 600 feet to historic Cudahy Camp in bottom of Last Chance Canyon. Great views of multicolored bluffs as you descend. Green-sticker vehicles are allowed in the park, but riders must have a driver's license. Limited-use area. Stay on designated roads only. No camping along route.

Photos of Opal Canyon

Opal Canyon
Opal Canyon
Opal Canyon

Difficulty

Moderate: First half is easy, but soft sand in the washes may require airing down. Moderate rating applies after Wpt. 05 where road is steep and rough. Aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance should manage fine.

History

Cudahy Camp housed about 12 miners who worked the Dutch Cleanser Mine from about 1923 to 1947. Pumicite was extracted from the mine and used to make Old Dutch Cleanser, a kitchen and bathroom scouring powder still manufactured today (but from a different mine location). The Dutch Cleanser Mine is located about 2 miles north of the camp. Ore was brought down the mountain by tram and trucked down Last Chance Canyon to the Pacific Railroad at Saltdale. In the late 1990s, Barnett Opal Mine was open to the public for a fee. When owner Barnett died, the mine became part of the park in 2005. In 2012, the park removed the road to the mine due to illegal activities. Today the mine is permanently closed to all.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Danny V
May 14, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Romain Laboisse
Mar 26, 2024
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Colton Franey
Mar 17, 2024
2019 Jeep Wrangler
Open
The trail is open and in good condition. There are a few terrain changes from sandy to rocky but nothing challenging. Great day trip trail for those who are into rockhouding. People will be driving fast, be cautious.
Peter Henry
Mar 12, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Fairly easy. The eastern part is rough rocky road, but not challenging. A few narrow places. A couple of small ledges. One relatively steep section on looser dirt with some significant ruts. Will want 4wd and clearance but overall pretty easy. Lots of flowers. Check out the minerals in the area.

Access Description

Take Highway 14 to mile marker 44 across from entrance to Dove Springs OHV Area. This is about 29 miles north of Mojave and 3.5 miles north of entrance to Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground and Visitors Center.

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