Owlshead Mountains Trail

Shoshone, California 92384

Owlshead Mountains Trail

Owlshead Mountains Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Owlshead Mountains Trail is a long spur that leads from Harry Wade Exit Route into the Owlshead Mountains. The trail crosses a mixture of BLM land and the southernmost part of Death Valley National Park. It also skirts the north end of Fort Irwin Military Reservation. The road is roughly graded for its entire length. It is maintained to service the communications tower at the end of the trail. However, because generators have been replaced with solar panels, the tower needs fewer service visits and the trail consequently receives less maintenance, so it can be rough and eroded in places. The trail is also lightly traveled. There are some very quiet backcountry campsites for those wanting to avoid the better-known trails in Death Valley. A spur leads from the main trail to the remains of the New Deal and Black Magic Mines, which are set above the main trail in the Owlshead Mountains. This rough spur is 3-rated for difficulty, but offers a wonderful panoramic view of the area. Special Attractions: Very remote desert experience, partially within Death Valley National Park; Panoramic views from the end of the trail; Backcountry camping. 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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
2 hours
Year-round; best September to June
50 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,200 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Old Ibex Pass, East of Owl Lake, Owl Lake, Quail Spring, Hidden Spring, Owlshead Mts.
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