Cima Dome Trail

Kelso, California

Cima Dome Trail

Cima Dome Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail commences on Cima Road, a short distance from the popular hiking trailhead to Teutonia Peak in the Mojave National Preserve. Initially the trail is a graded dirt road that leads to the active Valley View Ranch. The trail passes through the middle of the ranch’s yards, so be aware that there may be people and animals around. Past the ranch, the trail becomes a well-used, formed sandy trail. It runs high along the north face of Cima Dome. The elevation gives excellent views to the north over Shadow Valley toward the Clark Range and the distant Kingston Range. The trail passes by a series of water tanks, corrals, and extensive Joshua tree forests. Mojave Road intersects this trail near Willow Wash, which provides an excellent example of the shapes lava may take as it cools. The trail then joins a roughly graded road and travels through the cinder pit of the Aikens Mine before descending the north slope to finish on paved Kelbaker Road. Special Attractions: Cima Dome and Cinder Cones; Views from Cima Dome over the Mojave Desert to the Kingston Range; Excellent example of a dense Joshua tree forest. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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Corona, CA
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Trail closed "NO TRESPASSING",we were not able to use the trail

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round; best September to May
3,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,100 feet
Top Elevation
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Cima Dome, Cow Cave, Marl Mt., Indian Spring, Ivanpah
Local Maps

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