Fort Piute/Piute Gorge Trail

Baker, California 92364

Fort Piute/Piute Gorge Trail

Fort Piute/Piute Gorge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Fort Piute/Piute Gorge hike is the perfect journey for the hiking party or the individual with diverse interests. It has petroglyphs for the archaeologist, an original Mojave Road segment for the emigrant historian, an old army fort for the military specialist, and a spectacular mile-long gorge for the geology enthusiast. The combination of all these aspects also makes it exciting for the generic adventurer."

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"The Mojave Road was once a trade route for Native Americans crossing the desert between the Colorado River and the Pacific Ocean. Before the Civil War, it became a wagon road, and after the war, forts were established a day’s travel apart to protect travelers from hostile Indians displaced by white settlers. The forts were rendered obsolete in 1883 when the Southern Pacific Railroad was completed farther south of the Mojave Road. Fort Piute is one of these derelict garrisons, located at the base of the Piute Mountains. The area is also noteworthy because of Piute Spring, which flows year-round to support lush vegetation, its waters then sinking back into the desert sands. This hike follows the Mojave Road past some petroglyphs to the fort overlooking the creek, and then offers the option of returning via the spectacular Piute Gorge."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,292 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
October through May
3,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,600 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Signal Hill and Homer Mountain
Local Maps

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Oct 2018