“A brutal dirt road climb in Indian Wells Canyon to the Owen's Peak Trailhead that's a screaming fast descent in reverse.”
— Vince Meza
This land falls within the Bureau Of Land Management so BLM restrictions and requirements apply.
Dirt roads are typically boring and don't have a lot of features that make them interesting. This one might not seem much different at first as riders head up from the Five Fingers Parking Area.
For a shorter, arguable more enjoyable options, riders can start part way up the road at a second parking area that cuts out over 1.5 miles.
The entire road racks up nearly 3,000 feet of elevation gain, and the shorter start adds up to about 2,000 feet. The mountain illusions are strong along the road and things keep going. Just when you think you're coming over a crest and are going to get a break you realize its just another continuation of the climb. The road is washed out in many places, leaving lots of loose sand and 2-3 foot trenches down the center. The ride up is a kick in the pants and not very fun at all. So why put in the effort?
Simply, the ride back down. It's downhill the whole way and its fast! Some parts requiring a serious brake check to stay on the road. There's minimal pedaling required and the sand and trenches add a technical aspect to the ride to keep it interesting on the way down. Make sure to keep an eye out for OHVs that frequent the road.