Eagle Rocks Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Eagle Rocks tower above the Mid Hills and are prominent beacons along the entire Kelso-Cima Road. These lumpy granite formations stand out in sharp contrast with the angular mountains in this central Mojave region. They beckon the curious hiker from afar but, oddly enough, disappear from sight as you approach the trailhead, obscured by the surrounding hills. The hike heads downhill on a gentle, sandy road, gradually mixing with a small wash, until the junction at 0.5 mile. It is not until 0.6 mile that the Eagle Rocks gradually appear. And what a surprise they are! Much like the monzogranite of Joshua Tree National Park, these hulking boulders have rounded contours, immense size, and fantastic shapes. The powerful boulders tower 350 feet above the base of the pile. There are even Joshua trees on the hillsides near the boulder piles. This form of igneous rock is, upon closer inspection, quite chunky, resembling conglomerate with rectangular pieces of quartz imbedded in the surface. It provides great traction for adventuresome rock scramblers. Advanced rock-climbing skills are mandatory for the larger boulders, but novices can enjoy exploring the perimeter of the mounds."