Cima Dome and Ivanpah

December 10th 2021


This is an easy run, with 2 night high desert camping trip. It combines two previous club runs, Cima and Ivanpah. Bruce and Chuck have both been all around these areas, so we'll mostly figure it out as we go. Parts of Ivanpah road are reported closed, so we may have to make detours.

After meeting at the Norco Chevron, we'll stop at Peggy Sue's for breakfast, then go directly to the campsite. People can disconnect tow vehicles and/or setup tents, if they wish.

Cima :

The trail commences on Cima Road, a short distance from the popular hiking trailhead to Teutonia Peak in the Mojave National Preserve. Initially the trail is a graded dirt road that leads to the active Valley View Ranch. The trail passes through the middle of the ranch’s yards, so be aware that there may be people and animals around. Past the ranch, the trail becomes a well-used, formed sandy trail. It runs high along the north face of Cima Dome. The elevation gives excellent views to the north over Shadow Valley toward the Clark Range and the distant Kingston Range. The trail passes by a series of water tanks, corrals, and extensive Joshua tree forests. Mojave Road intersects this trail near Willow Wash, which provides an excellent example of the shapes lava may take as it cools. The trail then joins a roughly graded road and travels through the cinder pit of the Aikens Mine before descending the north slope to finish on paved Kelbaker Road. This trail is dirt roads. We'll make a stop at the lava tubes and go in.

East Mojave Heritage Trail Needles to Ivanpah.This is an easy trip Starting at camp twelve miles south of I-15 along the Cima Road.  We'll vist many old mines such as Evening Star, Riley's camp, Standard #1, Silverado, Blue Buzzard, ending at I-15 and the Baily Road exit at Mountain pass.

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 4HI Transfer Case

Run Recommendations

  • Gas Cans

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 1+

Difficulty Level: 1+

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage


Rendezvous @ 6th Street Chevron in Norco

Meet at Norco Chevron, 6am, or at the campsite somewhere around the rock piles at the map coordinates.

There is cell service in several places while driving around, so we will be able to send messages to anyone arriving late. As always, people are welcome to join for less than the whole 3 days.



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