Kelbaker Road to Peak 2451

Baker, California

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This short but rewarding scramble leads to a commanding viewpoint on a rhyolite-capped ridge in the northern reaches of Mojave National Preserve. Rising along the western edge of the Cinder Cone Lava Beds, a low but prominent boulder-stacked ridge that stands out above the surrounding broad, gently sloping alluvial fans and bahadas.This ridge is one of the first outstanding landscape features seen by visitors who approach Mojave National Preserve from the north via Kelbaker Road. Kelbaker Road turns away from this ridge toward the Cinder Cone Lava Beds about 11 miles outside Baker and I–15, and the rocky prominence quickly fades from view in your rearview mirror. The many hikers/visitors who speed past this ridge are passing up an excellent opportunity to explore a small corner of the preserve. From the crest of this craggy ridge, vistas unfold across the vast northern reaches of the Mojave Desert, contrasting images of the busy corridor of I–15 and Baker’s small enclave of civilization with the raw and empty grandeur of desert mountains and valleys that stretch to the horizon in all directions.

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"This short but rewarding scramble leads to a commanding viewpoint on a rhyolite-capped ridge in the northern reaches of Mojave National Preserve. Rising along the western edge of the Cinder Cone Lava Beds, a low but prominent boulder-stacked ridge that stands out above the surrounding broad, gently sloping alluvial fans and bahadas.This ridge is one of the first outstanding landscape features seen by visitors who approach Mojave National Preserve from the north via Kelbaker Road. Kelbaker Road turns away from this ridge toward the Cinder Cone Lava Beds about 11 miles outside Baker and I–15, and the rocky prominence quickly fades from view in your rearview mirror. The many hikers/visitors who speed past this ridge are passing up an excellent opportunity to explore a small corner of the preserve. From the crest of this craggy ridge, vistas unfold across the vast northern reaches of the Mojave Desert, contrasting images of the busy corridor of I–15 and Baker’s small enclave of civilization with the raw and empty grandeur of desert mountains and valleys that stretch to the horizon in all directions."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baker
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 451 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,451 feet
Local Contacts: Mojave National Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Halloran Springs, Granite Spring

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