The Trek to McIver’s Cabin

Total Miles
20.5

Elevation

2060.46 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

The trail begins at the Dove Springs OHV Area/Robbers Roost Ranch just off California State Route 14, approximately two miles south of the junction with California State Route 178. The first several miles of the trail are desert road but well-maintained. Enjoy the dust and the gravel flying as you traverse the ecotone, from the western reaches of the Mojave Desert into the Scodie Mountains of the Kiavah Wilderness area within the Sequoia National Forest, and explore the changing flora, including Joshua trees, pinyon pines, oaks, wild lavender, and sagebrush. At one point in time, part of the climb up the mountain was paved, so be prepared to slowly climb chunks of asphalt, and be mindful of sharp edges. Once you've left the desert and entered the Wilderness, you will reach the "4 miles to go sign". This is adjacent to the old microwave relay tower, which is a relic of history, as these used to transmit telephone and television signals in the days before cell phones and the internet. This portion of the trail is the most difficult, so be prepared to go slow and utilize 4x4 low gear to make sure you climb the two tough sections. The last mile and a half of the trail is relatively easy, and it dead-ends directly into George McIver's Cabin, with plenty of parking, and a cabin for you to use at your leisure!

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

Murdo George McIver, born in North Dakota in 1893, was a miner who lived in Southern California. The cabin was used during the development of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and it used to reside in the Sand Canyon area between Santa Clarita and Agua Dulce, California. McIver purchased the cabin in 1938 and moved it to its present-day location in the Scodie Mountains, where he had a mining claim and access to fresh water, a seemingly looming rarity in modern-day California.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

The trail begins at the Dove Springs OHV Area/Robbers Roost Ranch just off of California State Route 14, approximately two miles south of the junction with California State Route 178. It is approximately one hour north of Palmdale/Lancaster and two hours north of Los Angeles.