Carpenter Canyon Road

Total Miles


2099.11 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

The trail starts out as a good, wide gravel road. Mostly Creosote bushes at first. About 1 mile in is the BLM Pahrump Fire Station. Shortly after passing the fire station, the road narrows and gets a bit rutty. The first Joshua Trees appear about 2.6 miles in, with Cholla and Barrel Cactus making a showing about 3 miles in. Snow-capped Charleston Peak at 11,811 feet becomes visible at about 3.5 miles. About 6 miles in the trail has become a single-lane high-clearance road. The trail climbs through a Juniper forest and terminates in the pines.


Good gravel road becomes rutted with loose rocks, sand and washes with short, steep grades.

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Access Description

Trail begins at the south end of Pahrump, NV at the intersection of HWY 160 and Carpenter Canyon Road. Head East on Carpenter Canyon Road.