Spirit Mountain Overlook Hike
- 1 miles - Easy Effort
- 30 Minutes (Total)
- Not Often Hiked
- 260 Total Feet of Climbing
- Max Elevation of 4,050 feet
- Leashed Dogs Allowed
This short hike offers epic and hard-to-find views of the craggy backside of Spirt Mountain, also known as Avi Kwa Ame by the Mojave. This sacred mountain is the namesake of the new Avi Kwa Ame National Monument.
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- Where to Park for the Hike
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is Spirit Mountain Overlook?
There's not a street address for the trailhead, which is located in the middle of the sand Christmas Tree Pass road. Your best bet is to use the coordinates to get to the trailhead:
This is a short hike, and you don't need anything special to do it. In the summer, the temperatures can go into the 100Fs, so you'll want water and sun protection. The Spirit Mountain Wilderness is a remote area; if you have hiking gear and the essentials, you should bring them.
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