This hike is mostly in California, but when I posted the GPS route it forced me to use Nevada, because the starting point is in Nevada, and so is the first part of the access road, which is the historic Mojave Road. That is annoying, but whatever. This was a scouting hike to see if I could find any petroglyphs in the canyon. Since I had a friend with me who wasn't feeling up for the walk, I said I'd go as far as finding the first one or two of them, and then turn back. I did see a couple of them. I don't even know if there are any panels or what, but I will go back later to see. As you can see from my GPS hike route, I did not reach the main area of petroglyphs. But that's okay. It's only a few miles from where I live, and I can go back with someone who wants to hike all the way in, or by myself.
Next time I will either crop the GPS route so it will be entirely in CA, or I will not turn the GPS on until I have walked about 20 feet up the wash, and am in CA.
You MUST have 4 wheel drive to get to the trailhead, or walk from the Needles Highway. Here is the GPS route to the trailhead:
[ gps route ]
This is in a wilderness area, but as you can see from the map, there is an old Jeep road that crosses the Dead Mountains in this canyon, and it is popular with ATVers and dirt bikers. They are breaking the law by riding it, but the road has been there for a lot longer than the wilderness area, so maybe they feel justified. Certainly the BLM isn't doing much to stop it. Although I didn't see anyone, there were plenty of fresh tracks.
It's an interesting canyon. Wildflowers
Brittle bush is blooming a little bit.