Middleton Powerline Trail
Recommended Users: Hikers, Mountain Bikers
Length: 3.52 miles
Sub-Area: Middleton Wash
Managing Agency: BLM
Access: Tank Access Point—From I-15 Exit 8 turn west onto St. George Blvd. Turn right on 1000 East. Turn right at the traffic light on Red Hills Parkway. Continue until reaching Cottonwood Springs Road and turn left. This road turns into Cottonwood Road at the intersection with Red Rock Road. From this intersection, travel approximately 2.2 miles on Cottonwood Road to the Tank Access Point (only enough space for 2 cars). The Cottonwood Road begins as pavement and turns to gravel; road conditions can be rough and rocky so high clearance vehicles are recommended.
Description: Middleton Powerline Trail is a two-track used intermittently by vehicles to maintain the large waterlines crossing through the NCA. Although the trail itself is a long, linear, and unattractive feature on the landscape, the views both north and south are beautiful. To the north Broken Mesa rises up above the valley, while to the south lies the Middleton Black Ridge. Vegetation throughout the area is classic Mojave Desert consisting of creosote bush, cholla, prickly pear cactus, and blackbrush.
The trail is extremely rocky in places and therefore not recommended for horses.
Loop: For a 8.7 miles loop, follow Middleton Powerline to its end at the Mill Creek Trail
. Turn left (north) on Mill Creek and continue for 0.33 miles until reaching the Mustang Pass Trail
. Turn left (west) and follow Mustang Pass all the way around until it returns to Middleton Powerline. Turn right (west) to return to the access point.