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Owl Canyon to Rainbow Basin Canyon

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8.3 mile 13.3 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
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Ascent: 1,246' 380 m
Descent: -1,246' -380 m
High: 3,821' 1,165 m
Low: 2,941' 896 m

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Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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A very technical run through two different slot canyons.

Alex Bridgeforth

Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This run will take you up Owl Canyon which has several tight slots and even has a cave to go exploring in. It is very technical, and you'll have to slow down in several places. The views on some of the hills are amazing. After you get through with Owl Canyon, you make your way over to Rainbow Basin Canyon and run down it. There are several spots where you have to climb down, and it is legit climbing down. Once you get to Rainbow Basin Road there is some amazing picturesque views of the rock formations. You run on the scenic dirt road for a bit then cross back over to the Owl Canyon Campgrounds.

Runner Notes

It is very technical and not runnable in several places.

Description

Owl Canyon and Rainbow Basin Canyon become slot canyons at portions and are amazing areas for running. All the Joshua Trees add to the ambiance of the Mojave Desert scenery that will surround you.

The geological formations will have you stopping quite a bit to take it all in. This route is located in the Rainbow Basin Natural Area, maintained by the local BLM here in Barstow. Rainbow Basin is a big basin full of colorful rock layers that are warped into anticlines and synclines.

A variety of desert wildlife are found here, including the desert tortoise.

The campgrounds are a first-come, first-served campground with 22 campsites (no hookups). Campsites include a picnic table and a fire ring. The fee is $6.00 per night; however, daily use is free!

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The Rainbow
Feb 15, 2019 near Barstow, CA
Running in front of the "Rainbow".
Feb 15, 2019 near Barstow, CA

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