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Almost 13 miles up Kelbaker Road, I stop briefly at the rough dirt road to Indian Springs, Mojave National Preserve

Almost 13 miles up Kelbaker Road, I stop briefly at the rough dirt road to Indian Springs, Mojave National Preserve A quarter mile or so beyond the freeway crossing, I reach the Mojave National Preserve entrance marker and leave the past behindThumbnailsI always enjoy passing the lava flows along Kelbaker Road just beyond the road to Indian SpringsA quarter mile or so beyond the freeway crossing, I reach the Mojave National Preserve entrance marker and leave the past behindThumbnailsI always enjoy passing the lava flows along Kelbaker Road just beyond the road to Indian SpringsA quarter mile or so beyond the freeway crossing, I reach the Mojave National Preserve entrance marker and leave the past behindThumbnailsI always enjoy passing the lava flows along Kelbaker Road just beyond the road to Indian SpringsA quarter mile or so beyond the freeway crossing, I reach the Mojave National Preserve entrance marker and leave the past behindThumbnailsI always enjoy passing the lava flows along Kelbaker Road just beyond the road to Indian SpringsA quarter mile or so beyond the freeway crossing, I reach the Mojave National Preserve entrance marker and leave the past behindThumbnailsI always enjoy passing the lava flows along Kelbaker Road just beyond the road to Indian Springs

Just before I stop, a passing dust devil pelts me with sand. Ouch. It's a very windy day, which is common in the Mojave Desert, and I'm lucky that most of the wind has been behind me so far.

I spent two nights at Indian Springs during my Xmas 2007 Mojave National Preserve trip a few months ago and did a day hike in the area; great place. I may stop here again at the end of this trip on my way back to Baker.

Since leaving Baker a while ago, I've risen close to 1200 feet (to 2100 feet elevation here), but it doesn't seem like it because the uphill is so gradual.