Phillips Canyon

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Phillips Canyon
Rock Wall.jpg
Photo: The Phillips Canyon Trail
Trail Information
Other Names: None
Part of: Calico Ghost Town
Trail Length: miles
Trail Time: hours
Terrain: Desert rock sand wash
Off-Road Use: Limited Access
Difficulty: Moderate - Moderate.gif
County: San Bernadino, Ca
Nearest Cities: Yermo, CA
Map Links: Google Map
Satellite Map: Google Satellite
Special Map: Google Earth
GPS Start: N34* 56.499' W116* 50.407'
GPS End:
Google Earth:
Climate: 7 Day Forecast
Elevation: 3,000 ft.


Phillips Canyon is just a part of the Phillips Loop in the Calico area. The loop travels from Mule Canyon Road up and back around to the same road. There are side trails that lead to the Mule Canyon Cut-off as well as Kramer Arch and a side trail to the Odessa Canyon Trail.

The trail is mostly easy for a high clearance 4WD vehicle, but the Phillips Canyon portion has a rocky shelf road that should be considered Moderate for an experienced driver. This area of the trail has some excellent desert canyon scenery and deserves exploration.

Off of the main loop trail, there is a natural stone arch that can be driven through. Unlike other arch-like openings in the area, this arch is naturally-formed and not an extention of the heavy mining in the area. This side excursion is easy except for the passage through the arch, which is moderate.

Additionally, there is a side trail, the Mule Canyon Cut-Off, that takes a roller coaster-like path across from Phillips Loop to the starting area of Doran/Odessa Loop. This is a moderate trail and has some steep break-over angles, therefore, a high ground clearance is necessary. North of the Phillips Canyon area is an alternate trail that crosses over to the Odessa Trail. There is a long steep descent near the end as you enter Odessa Canyon. High ground clearance is needed and this trail should be considered moderate for 4WD vehicles.


Driving directions to Mule Canyon Rd & W Phillips Dr, CA

From I-15 take Exit 194 Calico Rd Head east on Exit 194 toward Calico Rd. Sharp left onto Calico Rd 1.1 mi Turn right onto Mule Canyon Rd 1.6 mi arrive at Mule Canyon Rd & W Phillips Dr CA

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