Cactus Flat Road Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The trail travels through a band of BLM land in the Inyo Mountains. It is bounded on the east by the China Lake Naval Weapons Center, and on the west by US 395. The area contains many Joshua trees, the signature plant of the Mojave Desert. Although this area is the northernmost extremity of their distribution, Joshua trees grow in abundance on Cactus Flat and in other valleys throughout the region. The trail leaves Olancha along a graded dirt road that drops in standard to become a well-used, formed trail after the entrance to a pumice mine. The trail becomes smaller and lesser used as it winds along Cactus Flat, offering wide ranging views of the Inyo Mountains. Special Attractions: Joshua trees at the northern limit of their range; Many mining remains; Lightly traveled network of trails in the Inyo Mountains. 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."