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Wild Horse Spur Trail
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Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Trailhead (view W)

Overview

The Wild Horse Spur Trail is a 0.30-mile connector that provides access to the Barber Peak Loop Trail from Wild Horse Road. While many hikers might prefer to hike from the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground or Visitor Center, this trail provides somewhat shorter access to northbound routes.

Link to map.

Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Trailhead (view NE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this trail is about as safe and easy as they get. With some help, visitors in wheel chairs probably could use this trail. Cows are common in the area, so give them some distance if necessary

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Trailhead signs (view N)

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas.

From town, drive down to Mojave National Preserve and the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 0502), which is about 85 miles south of Las Vegas. From the Visitor Center, drive back out to Black Canyon Road (Site 0836), turn right and drive south for 0.25 miles to Wild Horse Road (Site 1267). Turn right onto the graded Wild Horse Road and drive west for about 1.1 miles to the trailhead parking area (Site 1268), which is on the north side of the road. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Trailhead information sign (view N)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 2, Waypoint 01), the trail runs north-northwest and up the gentle bajada heading for what appears to be a pass on the horizon.

The trail runs north on a bench overlooking a broad sandy wash to the west. Vegetation on the bajada is low-growing Mojave Desert Scrub with lots of Mojave Yucca, Buckhorn Cholla, and Silver Cholla. A fire burned the entire mountain across the wash to the west, which makes for an interesting comparison with this side.

The trail runs north for 0.30 miles to a trail junction (Wpt. 02) where this trail joins the Barber Peak Loop Trail, the Hole-in-the-Wall to Mid Hills Trail, and the route to the Tallest Mojave Yucca.
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Wild Horse Spur Trail
Box with trail brochures (view NW)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Trail runs parallel to erosion ditch (view NW)
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Wild Horse Spur Trail
Trail marked with carsonite markers (view NW)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Junction with Barber Peak Loop Trail (view N)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Trail intersection sign upon arrival (view N)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Trail sign (view W)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Trail sign (view S)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Nature Trail #5 sign; turn to Tall Yuccas (view NW)

Returning to the Trailhead Southbound

Wild Horse Spur Trail
Wild Horse Spur Trail continues straight (view S)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Barber Peak Loop Trail turns to the east (view SE)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Returning down the spur trail (view S)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Returning down the spur trail (view S)
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Wild Horse Spur Trail
Returning down the spur trail (view S)
Wild Horse Spur Trail
Arriving at the Wild Horse Trailhead (view S)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0502 Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center 646403 3878704 35.04221 115.39490 4,260 Yes
0836 Black Cyn Rd at Hole-Wall Rd 646860 3878671 35.04184 115.38989 4,213 Yes
1267 Black Cyn Rd at Wild Horse Rd 646945 3878305 35.03853 115.38903 4,153 Yes
1268 Wild Horse Trailhead 645313 3878094 35.03687 115.40695 4,216 Yes

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
01 Wild Horse Canyon Trailhead 645309 3878101 4,199 0.00 0.00 GPS
02 Barber Trail Junction 645032 3878461 4,270 0.30 0.30 GPS
01 Wild Horse Canyon Trailhead 645309 3878101 4,199 0.30 0.60 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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