An 11-day self-supported bicycle camping trip in and around Mojave National Preserve in early November 2000.
One year ago, in 1999, I completed my first bicycle-camping trip, and it was here in Mojave National Preserve. That was my first serious camping trip in over 10 years, my first long-distance bicycle trip, and my first desert-camping trip ever. I enjoyed it so much that I've decided to come back and explore a bit more.
Like last year, this trip starts and ends in Baker, California, with the Greyhound bus transporting the 10-ton bicycle and I from home in San José.
I will log 376 miles riding through Mojave National Preserve via Kelso Depot, Nipton, Walking Box Ranch Road, Ivanpah Road, Goffs, Mitchell Caverns (Providence Mountains State Recreation Area) and Foshay Pass.
Day 1: Baker, California to Kelbaker Road campsite, Mojave National Preserve5 photos
Day 2: Leaving Kelbaker Road campsite and riding to Mid Hills Campground, Mojave National Preserve8 photos
Day 3: Mountain-bike ride from Mid Hills Campground through Wild Horse Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve15 photos
Day 4: Mid Hills Campground to Nipton via Death Valley Mine Road16 photos
Day 5: Day ride from Nipton up to I-15 near Clark Mountain area and back12 photos
Day 6: Nipton to Keystone Canyon area via Walking Box Ranch Road16 photos
Day 7: Keystone Canyon area (Trio Mine Road) to Hole-in-the-Wall Campground via Cedar Canyon Road15 photos
Day 8: Hole-in-the-Wall Campground, Mojave National Preserve, to Goffs via Essex Road and historic Route 6622 photos
Day 9: Goffs, California, Mojave National Preserve, to Providence Mountains State Recreation Area (Mitchell Caverns)7 photos
Day 10: A rest day at Mitchell Caverns (Providence Mountains State Recreation Area)11 photos
Day 11: Providence Mountains State Recreation Area to Baker via Foshay Pass and Kelbaker Road24 photos