Wild Horse Mesa

Baker, California

Wild Horse Mesa Professional Review and Guide

"This rigorous, trail-less route leads very experienced desert hikers to one of the most remote and unique places in Mojave National Preserve; on clear days, 100-mile vistas unfold. In the south-central reaches of Mojave National Preserve, between the limestone crags of the Providence Mountains and the granite ramparts of the Mid Hills, rises the 8-square-mile volcanic tableland of Wild Horse Mesa. This mesa is seemingly out of place among the profoundly eroded mountain ranges and broad valleys of the eastern Mojave Desert, and its landscape is more reminiscent of the canyon country of the Desert Southwest. This demanding cross-country hike, recommended for very experienced desert hikers only, follows the precipitous gorge of Saddle Horse Canyon to the volcanic rim of the mesa. Vistas from the mesa rim are panoramic, stretching far to the east into Arizona."

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Trail Information

Baker
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
1,410 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Best March through May and October through November
Season
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,610 feet
Top Elevation
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Columbia Mountain
Local Maps
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Jun 2018