Fort Piute

Needles, California 92363

Fort Piute

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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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1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
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4 hours
Mojave National Preserve
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Aug 2018