Cactus Trail

Total Miles


1,483.27 ft


0.5 Hours

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Trail Overview

Ride this fun and flowy singletrack in connection with Roosters Course and Carpenter Bypass, among other single-track trails on the Pahrump BLM, to make a fun day ride. This recreation area is made up of several short single tracks off of Carpenter Canyon Road and Wheeler Pass that can all be ridden in a day or two. This short trail flows through a scenic and dense Joshua tree forest. It starts on a narrow dirt trail with some loose gravel and dips into a narrow wash that is rockier and slightly trickier to navigate. In the middle of the trail, it runs into a couple of washed-out sections that you have to pick your way through but are generally easy to follow. When going south to north, you'll have a fantastic view of the snow-capped Spring Mountains behind the Joshua Trees. It ends on a road that you can take to connect to the other singletrack trails. Visit in winter for sunny and warm days and to avoid the summer heat.

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Cactus Trail
Cactus Trail
Cactus Trail


This trail is consistently easy but a rockier surface makes it slightly more difficult.

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Access Description

Stage off of Carpenter Canyon Road, or connect to these trails from Wheeler Pass. There are lots of places to camp or stage in the BLM area. The trails in the area are unmarked and can be easy to miss. Look for cairns and having a GPS track to follow is recommended. There is some service in the area with Verizon, but you can lose service once you get higher into the hills

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