This Spring's 16-day trip starts in late May, a month later than intended due to bicycle problems. I've never bikepacked Mojave National Preserve so close to summer for fear of the hot weather, so my goal is to spend as much time as possible at the Preserve's higher elevations to take advantage of the pleasant weather up in those parts.
During a pre-trip tune up at Bicycle Express, it was noticed that both of my wheels needed to be replaced. Worse yet, a last-minute visit to the bike shop three days before my original departure date revealed a crack in the frame of my aging Trek 8000; after 50000 miles, that's probably not so surprising. The good thing is that Trek bike frames have a lifetime guarantee, but I had to wait a few weeks for the replacement under warranty.
I camp two nights near Cornfield Spring, six nights at Mid Hills Campground, two nights at Nipton, one night at Sunrise Rock near Cima Dome, three nights at Pachalka Spring, and one night near Button Mountain.
Day 1: Baker, California to Cornfield Spring, Mojave National Preserve46 photos
Day 2: Kelso Depot and Cornfield Spring Road, Mojave National Preserve45 photos
Day 3: Cornfield Spring Road to Mid Hills Campground via Kelso Depot, Mojave National Preserve46 photos
Day 4: Mid Hills campground hike to Eagle Rocks, Wildcat Spring, Chicken Water Spring and Silver Lead Spring71 photos
Day 5: Wild Horse Mesa hike and Wild Horse Canyon Road bicycle ride, Mojave National Preserve61 photos
Day 6: Howe Spring and back by bicycle from Mid Hills campground, Mojave National Preserve59 photos
Day 7: Macedonia Canyon, Mojave National Preserve, from Mid Hills campground48 photos
Day 8: Live Oak Spring hike from Mid Hills campground, Mojave National Preserve67 photos
Day 9: Mojave National Preserve Mid Hills campground to Nipton by bicycle via Cima and Morning Star Mine Road39 photos
Day 10: Nipton to Black Palisades and back hike, Mojave National Preserve42 photos
Day 11: Nipton to Sunrise Rock on Cima Dome, Mojave National Preserve41 photos
Day 12: Cima Dome (Sunrise Rock) to Pachalka Spring by bicycle, Mojave National Preserve47 photos
Day 13: Copper World Mine day hike from Pachalka Spring, Mojave National Preserve44 photos
Day 14: Clark Mountain Range day hike (north side) from Pachalka Spring, Mojave National Preserve43 photos
Day 15: Pachalka Spring to Button Mountain, Mojave National Preserve via Aiken Mine Road49 photos
Day 16: Button Mountain to Baker by bicycle via Aiken Mine Road, with a stop at the Lava Tube, Mojave National Preserve59 photos