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Dove Springs

Saturday, April 05, 2014
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 Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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 City California 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
Area Trail
Land BLM, National Forest
Comment McIver's Cabin is located in the Sequoia National Forest.
QUALITY
Pros free, miles of open trails
Cons no shade, no services, lots of nails and glass
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Spring/Fall
TERRAIN
Square Miles 8
Miles Of Trail 25
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 3050 to 6500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has no trees.None
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The trail has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This trail has some small jumps.Some
Large Jumps This trail has few large jumps.Few
Berms The trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has few single track trails.Few
Roads This national forest has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has many intersections.Many
Rider Traffic The national forest has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
Shade This national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has some hazards.Some (hazards not marked)
nails, debris, high ditch dropoffs
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
Comment easy trails - good for family day ride
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 9/1 to 5/31
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA 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 Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Yes OHVs must have street legal headlights and taillights.
Cross Country Some Areas
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic Dedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NE) Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (760) 446-3551
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SW) Jawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
Diesel Diesel 20-30 Miles (SE) California City/Faststop Gas Station (760) 373-1212
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (SW) Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup 20-30 Miles (SE) Sierra Trails RV Park (877) 994-7999
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (SW) Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662 ($5.00 to dump)
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (SW) Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SE) California City/Faststop Gas Station (760) 373-1212
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (NW) Lake Isabella
Body of Water Water Body 30+ Miles (NW) Lake Isabella
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (NW) Lake Isabella Engineers Point Boat Launch Facility (760) 379-5646
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400
www.blm.gov
Contact Info Jawbone Canyon Store
32629 Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519-0000
(760) 373-2773
(866) 346-6274
info@jawbonecanyonstore.com
www.jawbonecanyonstore.com
Comment Open daily 8am-6pm
Contact Info Jawbone Station
P.O. Box 1902
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-1146
jawbone@ccis.com
www.jawbone.org
Contact Info Gear Grinders 4WD Club
P.O. Box 32
Ridgecrest, CA 93556
contact@geargrinders4wdclub.org
www.geargrinders4wdclub.org
Contact Info Fun 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

OHV at Dove Springs Trail

Some old talc mines you can find.
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Scenery from Dove Springs Trail

McIver Cabin
Dove Springs Trail Photo

OHV 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 from Dove Springs Trail

Some old talc mines are another popular attraction.
Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenery 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

Some terrain at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Dove Springs Trail

On non-holiday weekends, you can still find some privacy.
Dove Springs Trail Photo

Amenities example 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

OHV 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

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Terrain example at 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

Example of terrain at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of 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

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

Dove Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Dove Springs Trail

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