The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa) that formed underwater. They now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the valley, surrounded by many square miles of flat, dried mud and with stark mountain ranges at either side.
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Manly Peak Wilderness

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Size: 12,897 acres. Manly Peak

Location: Inyo County; 30 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet) 

Area Description : This area is entirely comprised of steep, jagged ridges and the deep canyons of the Panamint Mountains. Elevations rise sharply from 1, 100 feet along the west slopes to 6,000 feet on the east, which adjoin the new Death Valley National Park boundary. Vegetation changes with altitude, from creosote bush scrub at the lower elevations to pinyon and juniper woodlands on the higher peaks. Streams flowing from springs within the larger canyons create riparian areas of cottonwood and desert willow and provide valuable water sources for wildlife, most notably a herd of desert bighorn sheep. This wilderness is dotted by historic mining activity.

Getting There : Access this wilderness via State Highway 178 north of Trona and aloft, Ballarat Road. Go south on Wingate Wash Road, then east on Goler Wash Road or South Park Canyon Road (four-wheel drive vehicles only). Check road conditions before driving.

Nonfederal Lands: Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the landowner and do not use these lands without permission.

Additional Information :

Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals.  Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet from unmaintained dirt roads and 300 feet on paved roads.

Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness.

Hunting, fishing, and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws.

Pet are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times.

Horses are permitted, however you may be required to carry feed.

Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaelogical materials is a felony.  Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.

CAMPING: Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days.  After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site.

Help BLM preserve California's fragile deserts.  Please park your vehicle or set up camp in previously disturbed sites.

Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials.  Do not cut live vegetation.

The BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but through the west, to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles.  Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.



  • Desert Access Guide:
    • Ridgecrest 
  • USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
    • Copper Queen Canyon
    • Manly Fall
    • Manly Peak
    • Sourdough Spring


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  • Bureau of Land Management
    Ridgecrest Field Office
    300 S. Richmond Rd.
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: (760) 384-5400
    Fax: (760) 384-5499
    Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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