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Dove Springs

Friday, June 12, 2015

Alt Names

East Kern County, Grass Valley, Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon, Dove Springs OHV, Jawbone-butterbredt Area, Copper Mountain, Last Chance Canyon, El Paso Mountains, Mcivers Cabin Trail, Trail 36e52, Scodie Mountains, Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Valley Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This is the novice-friendly sister to nearby Jawbone Canyon. The terrain here is consists of rolling hills with scrub brush, sandy washes and a popular "bowl" area.

Numerous surrounding trails offer access to different local attractions such as the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, McIver’s Cabin and the Jawbone Canyon Store, which has a restaurant and small general store.

There are many staging and camping opportunities at various points along the main access road, but bring a tire repair kit and be sure your vehicle has a spare. Nails and glass are plentiful in the staging areas and turnarounds. (We had two flats in two days!) Bring your own shade and water.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityCalifornia City, CA
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From: California City, CA
1) Take SR-14 north about 22 miles
2) Turn left (west) on SC-94 turnoff (about 100 yards after the BLM sign for Dove Springs)
3) Continue on dirt road. Stage anywhere.* (bowls to the left, plains and eventually canyons to the right).

*Note: There are a lot of nails and glass in the larger staging areas and turnarounds. Choose wisely.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM, National Forest
CommentMcIver's Cabin is located in the Sequoia National Forest.

QUALITY

Prosfree, miles of open trails
Consno shade, no services, lots of nails and glass
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring/Fall

TERRAIN

Square Miles8
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3050 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
nails, debris, high ditch dropoffs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
Commenteasy trails - good for family day ride

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 9/1 to 5/31
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYesOHVs must have street legal headlights and taillights.
Cross CountrySome Areas
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (760) 446-3551
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Jawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SE)California City/Faststop Gas Station (760) 373-1212
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)Sierra Trails RV Park (877) 994-7999
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662 ($5.00 to dump)
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SW)Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)California City/Faststop Gas Station (760) 373-1212
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (NW)Lake Isabella
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (NW)Lake Isabella
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Lake Isabella Engineers Point Boat Launch Facility (760) 379-5646

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoJawbone Canyon Store
32629 Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519-0000
(760) 373-2773
(866) 346-6274
info@jawbonecanyonstore.com
www.jawbonecanyonstore.com
CommentOpen daily 8am-6pm
Contact InfoJawbone Station
P.O. Box 1902
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-1146
jawbone@ccis.com
www.jawbone.org
Contact InfoGear Grinders 4WD Club
P.O. Box 32
Ridgecrest, CA 93556
contact@geargrinders4wdclub.org
www.geargrinders4wdclub.org
Contact InfoFun Time ATV Rentals
63249 Hwy 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(323) 707-3478
mark@funtimeatv.com
funtimeatv.com

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Dove Springs Trail Photo

Dove Springs Trail

The riding looks area mostly looks like this, but not all of it.  Once you start exploring you can find every type of terrain.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

This 4x4 trail leads to McIver cabin.  Everyone seems to make at least one trip up there during the weekend.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

There are a lot of primitive campsites on the way to the cabin.  You could plan a pretty cool ATV camping trip up there.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

There are also some great lookout points from the canyon that leads to the cabin.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Some terrain at Dove Springs Trail

These types of play areas are on both sides of the main road, throughout the area.  Lots of jumps!

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

Some old talc mines you can find.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

McIver Cabin

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view at Dove Springs Trail

The Burro Schmidt Tunnel starts here and comes out on the other side of that mountain.  Bring a flashlight.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenery at Dove Springs Trail

Some old talc mines are another popular attraction.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

A trail at Dove Springs Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Dove Springs Trail

On non-holiday weekends, you can still find some privacy.

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Amenities at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenery at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Dove Springs Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Dove Springs Trail

This is the main entrance to the area.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

A trail at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

This trail leads up the canyon to McIver cabin.

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenery at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

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