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Home / Mojave Preserve and Desert bikepacking trips / 2009, Spring: Mojave National Preserve / Day 15: Pachalka Spring to Button Mountain, Mojave National Preserve via Aiken Mine Road 49

Today's goal is to ride part of Aiken Mine Road and camp somewhere west of Cima Dome. Aiken Mine Road has been on my to-ride list for years, but I never managed to fit it in. This wasn't part of my original trip plan, so I didn't study the road well before the trip. I also considered riding the freeway from Valley Wells to Baker, but decide against it in favor of one final night of peace before going back to San José. 22 bicycle miles, parts of it walked, from 4875 feet at Pachalka Spring down to 3400 feet, up to 4235 feet, then down to 4150 feet. In addition to refreshments purchased at the Valley Wells store, I drink four liters of water.