Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel Drive

Ridgecrest, California 93555

Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel Drive

Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In the early 1900s, William H. “Burro” Schmidt arrived in Last Chance Canyon, a mining area that previously had been occupied by American Indians for thousands of years. Beginning in 1906, Schmidt spent 32 years tunneling through Copper Mountain as a way to transport his ore to the railroad on the other side of the El Paso Mountains.

Red Rock Canyon has a campground and picnic areas. Undeveloped sites can be found on BLM land."

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3/19/2010
Not much to it. Be sure to keep your flashlight on while walking back to the light. Not that the trail is rugged, but I caught my head on a jagged rock.
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11/26/2007
Even for a non off-road traveler this place is amazing. We drove in with our 2WD Ford Winstar. The road is sometimes rough but absolutely doable, just remember to stay on EP15 all the time and be careful from the thousands of off-road motorists in the area. The tunnel,the story behind and the view around it are amazing.
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Trail Information

Ridgecrest
Nearby City
16 miles
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Technical Difficulty
Easy
Difficulty
2 hours
Duration
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Season
Camping
Additional Use
BLM’s Ridgecrest Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Saltdale NW, Garlock; ACSC Central Coast, BLM’s Cuddeback Lake, CRRA
Local Maps

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