Salton City, California 92275


Truckhaven Professional Review and Guide

"The route described here has no particular significance other than to introduce you to the area. Even with directions, it will be difficult to follow this exact route; the area is simply too confusing. Try to find the fireplug located on a high plateau. From there, you can get a better view of the area. A compass or GPS unit will assist you in finding your way. Make sure you have adequate water and supplies. You can find easy and moderate routes in the area, but one wrong turn can lead to trouble. The best way to learn the area is to go with someone who’s been there many times. Another way is to attend the Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari held annually in early March. At that time, trails are marked and guides are provided. Unfortunately, it gets very crowded and progress is slow. You can wait hours in line if someone breaks down. The area is a maze of deeply cut trenches and sharp ridges. Extremely narrow with tight turns, near-vertical climbs and cliff-like descents. Articulation is severely tested for the average hardcore vehicle. Short wheel-based vehicles have a distinct advantage. Lockers are necessary, preferably front and rear. It is nearly impossible to follow an exact route without a guide; however, you can’t really get lost for long. Just head east in any of the main washes to return to Highway 86. Slick and dangerous if wet. Don’t go alone. Vehicle damage possible."

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Salton City
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Up to 1 day
Best late fall thru early spring
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Seventeen Palms
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Sep 2018