This interesting day hike leads to the only perennial stream in the eastern Mojave Desert. Part of the hike retraces the steps of westbound pioneers along the oldMojave Road. Insights into natural history—from folding and faulting exposed in a rugged canyon to streamside, or riparian, vegetation (unique in the eastern Mojave Desert), to trailside petroglyphs along the Old Government (or Mojave) Wagon Road—are among the many attractions of this fine day hike. Portions of this unique hike trace part of the Mojave Road.This route, established along old Indian trails,was a major travelway for settlers and mail carriers during the latter half of the nineteenth century between Prescott,Arizona, and Los Angeles.The route evolved into a wagon road, and its course took advantage of the few water sources scattered throughout the Mojave Desert. Since this route passed through Indian lands, there were inevitably conflicts between travelers and the native population. As a consequence, a series of five redoubts, or temporary forts, were constructed between Fort Whipple near Prescott, Arizona, and Camp Cady near Daggett, California.
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