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Jawbone Canyon

Saturday, April 05, 2014
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 Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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 City Cantil, 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
Area Trail, Gravel Pit, some gravel mounds created by mining
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros challenging hill climbs, good variety, lots of trails organized, good services at entrance including gas, food, parts, repair, etc
Cons windy, dry & hot desert!
Rating Rating    Excellent    
Recommended Stay 3-5 Days
TERRAIN
Square Miles 8
Miles Of Trail 100
Climate Type Desert
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
Mud The trail has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has few trees.Few
Steep Hills This trail has many steep hills.Many many very steep hill climbs - experts only
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few some dry creek crossings
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has few large jumps.Few
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few some mining mounds that are quite large
Single Track This BLM land has some single track trails.Some
Roads This BLM land has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has many intersections.Many
Rider Traffic The BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
Shade This BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
Comment Main canyon consists of mostly extremely steep hill climbs - experts only. Novice riders can stick to valley floor - deep sand.
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
deep sandy valley & steep, steep hills
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction burn season laws apply - condition very windy
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited keep vehicle on trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted 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 On Site Jawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (S) Faststop Food Store (760) 373-1212
Potable Water Water On Site Jawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (S) Sierra Trails RV Park (877) 994-7999
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (N) Redrock Canyon Ricardo Campground (661) 942-0662 ($5.00 to dump)
Primitive Camping Campground On Site primitve camping permitted
Convenience Store Conv Store On Site Jawbone Canyon Store (866) 346-6274
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 Friends of Jawbone Canyon
P.O. Box 1902
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-1146
www.jawbone.org
Contact Info Jawbone Canyon Store
32629 Highway 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(760) 373-2773
(866) 346-6274
info@jawbonecanyonstore.com
www.jawbonecanyonstore.com
Contact Info BLM - Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400
www.blm.gov
Contact Info Fun Time ATV Rentals
63249 Hwy 14
Cantil, CA 93519
(323) 707-3478
mark@funtimeatv.com
funtimeatv.com
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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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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV floating the front at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenic view at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenic view 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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A trail 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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A trail at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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OHV at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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A trail at Jawbone Canyon Trail

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Scenery from Jawbone Canyon Trail

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