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Kelso Dunes Trail - 1 member in 6 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 01 2014
autumnstars
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
autumnstars
Hiking2.27 Miles 643 AEG
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643 ft AEG
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Nice way to break in 2014!
There were a surprising number of people already set up when we arrived last night to camp. Everyone was fairly quiet, though, so we settled in to bring in the new year with the stars and some tasty port.

After sleeping in a bit this morning, we headed toward the Kelso Dunes high point. There was a lot of vegetation on the foothills. Far more grass than I can remember any year in the past. Also, quite a number of primrose and milk-vetch seedlings, so maybe a good bloom year if rains continue. The usual winding around the ridges reveled the easiest route to the top, which I used. My husband instead chose the steepest possible route for himself - boys! : rambo :

At the top, we enjoyed a snack and some reminiscence about the year past. Then, it was a quick bound down the steepest face to enjoy the singing of the dunes. We helped guide some confused-looking hikers to an easier route than they were on - they were just about to turn back when we came across them. Glad to have my one good dead for the year out of the way so soon :sl:

Beautiful day, good hike.
Happy 2014, all!!!
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Feb 17 2013
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 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
rally_toad
Hiking3.00 Miles 2,520 AEG
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Wow! This was an amazing hike but by far the most difficult 3 mile hike I've done. Loose sand everywhere made it incredibly hard to hike up these dunes. Still really cool.
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Feb 17 2013
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32 female
 Joined Oct 28 2012
 Las Vegas, NV
Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
jesso23
Hiking3.00 Miles 2,520 AEG
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rally_toad
As others have said, pretty tough for a 3-miler! These are some pretty steep, loose dunes. Nice views from the top!
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Oct 20 2012
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Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
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autumnstars
Hiking2.57 Miles 592 AEG
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After a trip to Lucerne Valley for an organized mountain bike event, we decided to make the most of the drive and spend the night somewhere in between.
The Kelso Dunes beckoned, as they always do, and we got there in time to hike to the high point and back to set up camp before it was even dark. One of the few times we've done this hike during daylight, so the views came as a pleasant reminder.
Couldn't really get the sand singing, as it was pretty damp only ~2 inches down. :(
After sun down, a relaxed evening with some wine and meteors.
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Mar 15 2012
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2012
Hansenaz
Hiking3.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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After Amboy Crater we drove north into Mojave National Preserve without any expectations. After a while we saw some impressive large sand dunes and headed toward them. The sign called them the Kelso Dunes and there was a trailhead, so we just started walking not knowing how far we would go. As we got closer we saw a dot, a person that is, on top of the highest dune. It was a bit of a slow slog through the sand and we decided we'd ask the person coming down just how long it took to get on top. The report was favorable and we continued on...the top came surprisingly soon, about 55min from the start. Really nice on top, views in all directions, and very pleasant ridge walking. I ran down the big face of the dune...you can go pretty much anyway you want, particularly coming back where sinking in is less of a problem.

BTW, if you ever find yourself at Kelso Dunes, continue on to the little town of Kelso and see the restored train depot and have a nice lunch.
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May 29 2010
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 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Kelso Dunes TrailInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar May 29 2010
AndreyP
Hiking2.80 Miles 560 AEG
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The first quarter mile there is a distinct trail in the high dry grass, after that there's just sand and you can go wherever you want, but most people follow the straight line to the dunes, so you can follow the footsteps. Walking the sand isn't easy. I reached the dune bottom at the side and started clambering up. Basically I was staying at the same spot just pushing the sand down. At that time I heard the famous booming 'rrrrmmmm' sound created by underlying sand layers moving one against the other. After that I started moving diagonally along the slope and slightly up reaching the dune ridge about 2/3 of it's total height. The lighting after sunset was beautiful, so I rested there a little and went back down.

I still got sand in my shoes.
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