Colosseum Gorge Trail

Baker, California

Colosseum Gorge Trail

Colosseum Gorge Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Colosseum Gorge runs up the eastern side of the Clark Mountain Range from I-15, southwest of the casino town of Primm, Nevada. The trail turns off the paved road at the Primm Valley Golf Club, and travels along a graded dirt road up the gently sloping bajada toward the bulk of Clark Mountain. The bajada is vegetated with creosote bush, Mojave yuccas, chollas, and sagebrush. The trail enters Colosseum Gorge and climbs a wide, rough shelf road along the side of the gorge. The road used to serve the Colosseum open pit mine at the top of the saddle, so it was once wide enough for mining trucks, but it is now eroding and somewhat rough. At the top of the gorge is the open pit mine, which is currently not in use. It is posted and there is no access. Mining works in the area are being revegetated. The trail descends the far side of the gorge on Green’sWell Road along a smaller trail, running in or alongside the wash for the first 1.9 miles. Greene’s Cabin can be found beside the wash. Special Attractions: Dry Ivanpah Lake, popular place for land yachting; Clark Mountain Range and Mojave Desert scenery within the Mojave National Preserve. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
2.5 hours
Year-round; best September to June
2,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,500 feet
Top Elevation
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Ivanpah Lake, Clark Mt., Pachalka Spring, Mesquite Lake
Local Maps

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