Cinder Cone Lava Beds Drive

Baker, California 92309

Cinder Cone Lava Beds Drive

Cinder Cone Lava Beds Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This tour, most of which is flanked by wilderness, follows Aiken Mine Road across the Cinder Cone Lava Beds. This designated national natural landmark is a volcanic landscape with dozens of vents, lava flows and more than 30 cinder cones, as well layers of volcanic rock (basalt) up to 400 feet thick. It was created by volcanic activity over millions of years, and as recently as 800 to 1,000 years ago. You also will see the vast Joshua tree forest that blankets Cima (Spanish for summit) Dome, a rounded landform that covers 75 square miles and rises 1,500 feet above the desert. It is thought to have formed when rising molten rock deep below the surface cooled, and was exposed by erosion."

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10/13/2013
Great beautiful views of desert. High & low. Lots of alternate routes. High clearance needed on most. Depending on weather I doubt 4wheel dr needed.
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Trail Information

Baker
Nearby City
23.5
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Difficulty
1.5 hours
Duration
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Season
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
ACSC San Bernardino, National Geographic/Trails Illustrated’s Mojave National Preserve, BLM’s Ivanpah, CRRA
Local Maps