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Barber Peak Loop, CA

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Distance One Way 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,289 feet
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Overview: A loop hike through volcanic rock formations and amazing cactus gardens. You begin and end your hike in a wonderland of hole-filled volcanic ash deposits after circling a volcanic butte. Dense gardens of barrel and hedgehog cactus abound in the shallow soils, especially on the eastern and western slopes of Barber Peak. The hike ends with a steep climb through Banshee Canyon, so named for the sound the wind makes when it howls through this narrow canyon. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.

Warning: Banshee Canyon has some steep, narrow shoots where metal ring have been mounted into the rock to climb up. The rings are sturdy, but require care when climbing. A wide pack will not fit through the tight spots.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Drive south on I-15 from Las Vegas, NV. The first exit after crossing into California will be for Nipton Road - get off and turn left on Nipton Road toward the Mojave National Preserve (signed). After approximately 4 miles, turn south (right) on Ivanpah Road. After another 3-4 miles, turn right onto Morningstar Mine Road. After approximately 19 miles, you will pass through the small "town" of Cima - there is no gas, but there is a small store for cold drinks (irregular hours, so don't count on it being open). Continue straight/slight left as the road turns into Kelso-Cimo Road. After 5 miles, turn east (left) on the signed Cedar Canyon Road. Shortly after crossing the railroad tracks, Cedar Canyon road turns into a well-graded gravel road. After 5 miles, turn south (right) onto the signed well-bladed Black Canyon Road. After about 9.5 miles, turn west (right) toward the signed Hole-in-the-Wall visitor center. Drive past the visitor center and take a left when the road branches. Park at the Rings trailhead.

    From Barstow, travel east on I-40 and get off on the exit for Essex Road. Travel north on Essex Road (paved) for 10 miles, then turn slight right onto Black Canyon Road (paved). After 10 miles, turn left toward the signed Hole-in-the-Wall visitors center. Remaining directions as above.
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