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Jawbone Canyon

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

East Kern County, Grass Valley Wilderness, Mojave Desert, Red Rock, Cantil, Jawbone OHV Area, Jawbone To Lake Isabella, Jawbone Station / Randsburg, Rand Mountain, Isabella Lake, Jawbone Canyon OHV

Last Known StatusOpen

This canyon is littered with steep and challenging hill climbs. These climbs are steep and loose enough that you really need a big 4-stroke or a 500cc 2-stroke to make it to the top consistently. The valleys are deep with sand and you can do long loops (IMS tank recommended), but the most interesting routes do require a few good hill climbs.

Sometimes during the evening, violent canyon winds may kick up and do a pretty good job of shaking up RV's and trailers. The visitor center at the entrance has maps and guide books for all of the surrounding area. A quarter mile to the south is a small gas pump, with ATV rentals, repairs and a restaurant.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityCantil, CA
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take 395 South to Hwy 14 south to Cantil
2) Turn right (west) on Jawbone Canyon Road, continue about 4 miles. Stage anywhere.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Gravel Pit, some gravel mounds created by mining
LandBLM

QUALITY

Proschallenging hill climbs, good variety, lots of trails organized, good services at entrance including gas, food, parts, repair, etc
Conswindy, dry & hot desert!
RatingRatingExcellent    
Recommended Stay3-5 Days

TERRAIN

Square Miles8
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeDesert
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Manymany very steep hill climbs - experts only
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Fewsome dry creek crossings
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Fewsome mining mounds that are quite large
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
CommentMain canyon consists of mostly extremely steep hill climbs - experts only. Novice riders can stick to valley floor - deep sand.

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
deep sandy valley & steep, steep hills
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restrictionburn season laws apply - condition very windy
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement
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 GasolineOn SiteJawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Faststop Food Store (760) 373-1212
Potable Water WaterOn SiteJawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Sierra Trails RV Park (877) 994-7999
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662 ($5.00 to dump)
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteprimitve camping permitted
Convenience Store Conv StoreOn SiteJawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
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 InfoFriends of Jawbone Canyon
P.O. Box 1902
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-1146
www.jawbone.org
Contact InfoJawbone Canyon Store
32629 Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-2773
(866) 346-6274
info@jawbonecanyonstore.com
www.jawbonecanyonstore.com
Contact InfoBLM - Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoFun Time ATV Rentals
63249 Hwy 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(323) 707-3478
mark@funtimeatv.com
funtimeatv.com

COMMENTS

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Jawbone Canyon Trail

Jawbone Canyon visitor center.

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Motorcycle at Jawbone Canyon Trail

Only big 4-stokes or 500cc 2-strokes should attempt these huge hillclimbs!

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Scenic view at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV doing a wheelie at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenery from Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenery at Jawbone Canyon Trail

Only big 4-stokes or 500cc 2-strokes should attempt these huge hillclimbs!

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Terrain example at Jawbone Canyon Trail

Most of the trails are sandy but some wind through interesting desert vegatarion.

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Scenery at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Some terrain at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenery at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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