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    Sheep Spring Trail

    Johannesburg, California

    Sheep Spring Trail

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    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "Sheep Spring Trail winds alongside the eastern edge of the El Paso Wilderness, passing through some exceptionally beautiful and rugged scenery. The trail leaves Browns Road southwest of Ridgecrest. The first mile of the road is paved because it serves as access for a sandpit. Afterwards, it turns into a well-used, winding formed trail. Navigation is generally easy because the El Paso Mountains Wilderness limits vehicle trails leaving to the west. However, there are many opportunities for hikers to head west into the wilderness. Special Attractions: Petroglyphs near Sheep Spring; Remote trail through the El Paso Mountains; Sites of Gerbracht Camp and Colorado Camp; Collecting petrified wood; Hiking through the rugged Black Hills. 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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    China Lake, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    Tried to drive this trail, 09 Rav4 Base, I4,FWD, Avid Envigor (225-65-17) on a near whim. Got about 1/3 (4 miles) before I encountered rocky terrain on the road with loos gravel and I couldn't make it up the steep grade. I could've laid out some boards but didn't quite feel like doing that. So I turned back, from what I saw it was a good trail and plenty of desert scenery.
    Southfield, MI
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    Trail map was excellent. I would not recommend the hike for summer afternoons, however. Petroglyphs at Sheep Spring are historically important. They predate the abundant Cosa works that are 25 miles north and may represent the first Cosa contact with older indian rock artists (from whom they learned the craft.) The oadway is so good that you can drive the entire hike without 4WD!

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    Trail Type
    2 hours
    2,700 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    4,000 feet
    Top Elevation
    USGS Inyokern SE, Garlock, Ridgecrest, Cuddeback Lake
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