Calico Nevada 4X4 - 20-Mule Team
Time Travel That's Freeway-Close
Photography by Larry E. Heck
Getting to Borate along the 20 Mule Team Route is easy.
North of Barstow on Interstate 15, take Exit 192, Calico Road. Follow Calico Road north for just over 1 mile. You will see the sign for Mule Canyon Road turning right.
|TRIP METER ||LATITUDE ||LONGITUDE ||NOTES |
|0.0 ||34 55.2717 ||116 50.9232 ||Right on Mule Canyon Road. |
|1.5 ||34 56.4051 ||116 50.3603 ||Right at fork. Note frame for sign but no sign. |
|3.2 ||34 57.2702 ||116 49.3995 ||Left at fork. |
|3.5 ||34 57.3811 ||116 49.2203 ||Right fork |
|4.2 ||34 57.3395 ||116 48.5362 ||Right. Tin Can Alley is left. Come back to this intersection later to travel to Bismarck. |
|4.3 ||34 57.3001 ||116 48.4362 ||Right to Borate. This turn is easy to miss. Borate is about 1/2 mile. |
|Getting to Kramer’s Arch |
Begin at the intersection of Calico Road and Mule Canyon Road.
|0.0 ||34 55.2715 ||116 50.9249 ||Right onto Mule Canyon Drive. |
|1.5 ||34 56.3858 ||116 50.3594 ||Right at Y. Note frame for sign but no sign on left. |
|1.9/0.0 ||34 56.7286 ||116 50.4382 ||Left at Y. Note pipe in center. |
|0.4 ||34 57.0295 ||116 50.3828 ||Left at campsite in wash and past it to steep hill. Road can be driven if you can get up the hill. |
|0.5 || || ||This is the steep hill with the road to the arch on the left. From here, you can hike if the hill is too steep. |
| ||34 57.0626 ||116 50.5871 ||Kramer's Arch. |
Larry E. Heck has been writing backcountry adventure stories since 1985. Some of the newer e-book products in the Campfire Tales series can be found at his website, www.lone-writer.com. The site also contains some Campfire Tales written decades ago. If you have an idea for a historic backcountry trail that you think Larry should consider, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 910-7647.
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