Eastern Mojave Vegetation Power Line Road  

Tom Schweich  

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National Trails Highway




BNSF Railroad

  Road Junction



Microwave Relay Stn Rd




Crucero Road

  Road Junction



Union Pacific Railroad

  Railroad crossing.




Railroad station.
  Road junction.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  1986 Desert Studies;
Full Size ImageCanyon in Old Dad Mountain.  

Road junction, main road rejoins power lines.
  Road junction, southwest margin of Old Dad Mountain.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Rocky Ridge, April 22, 2001;
Full Size ImageThe Descent of Rocky Ridge.  


Locations: Rocky Ridge.
Full Size ImageThe Mojave-mobile where the Dudleya were found.  

The switchbacks on the power line road are steep, but easy to drive if you take your time.

Full Size ImageDesert Dudleya in a ravine in the Kelso Mountains.  
Desert Dudleya (Dudleya saxosa ssp. aloides) along side the Power Line road is three or four adjacent gullies. Not found elsewhere along this road.

Full Size ImageView of Old Dad Mountain from Rocky Ridge  
This is the view of the southern end of Old Dad Mountain and Jackass Canyon, just before slipping and sliding down the switchbacks.



Radar Ridge Road

via switchbacks



Other articles:
• Kelbaker Road:   at Power Line Road;  

Kelbaker Road


Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20010527050;

Locations: Kelso Mountains.
Full Size ImageKelso Mountains (Rocky Ridge) and Old Dad Mountain as seen from the southwest edge of Cima Dome.  

This photograph was taken from the southwest edge of Cima Dome.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20010527050;

Locations: Kelso Mountains.
Full Size ImageKelso Peak as seen from the North.  




Locations: Marl Spring.
Full Size ImageMarl Spring  

Marl Spring Road

Marl Spring was a stop on the Mojave Road. It was the only reliable water between Rock Spring to the east, and Soda Springs to the west.

Plaque at Marl Springs reads as follows:

"Pozos de San Juan de Dios

"On March 8, 1776, Fr. Francis Garces, O.P.M., on his most famous journey of over 2,000 miles from Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, to Mission San Gabriel, rested here and named these waterholes "St. John of God Springs," (Marl Springs), and on the return journey passed through here, May 22, same year.

"Erected by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, Saint Mary Desert Valley Hospital, Apple Valley, California, 1972, in cooperation with the San Bernardino County Museum."

Literature Cited:
- Foreman, Grant., 1941.

Locations: Cedar Canyon. Marl Spring. Rock Spring.
Full Size ImageUSGS map showing Marl Spring Location.  

Lieutenant A. W. Whipple camped at Marl Springs on March 7-8, 1854. After passing through Cedar Canyon on their way from Rock Spring, Whipple writes, " The spring was small, and their was not more than half enough water for the mules. But as it constantly though slowly flowed in, after awhile the animals were satisfied, and we obtained water for the uses of camp. the grass is highly nutritious. Cactaceae are abundant. Tall and beautiful yuccas, the offensive larrea Mexicana, and obione, complete the list of vegetation." Obione is a synonym for Atriplex. "The day has been windy, cold, and disagreeable." The next morning the spring was filled to the high-water mark, but there was only a moderate amount of water for each mule (Foreman, 1941).



Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20060113010;

Locations: Rainbow Wells.  

Rainbow Wells Road

  Road junction.
  Road junction.



Other articles:
• Kessler Springs Road:   at Power Line Road;  

Cima Road




Morningstar Mine Road

  Road Junction.



Other articles:
• Ivanpah Road:  13000;  

Ivanpah Road

  Road Junction.



Union Pacific Railroad

  Road Junction
  California above
Nevada below.
  Road Junction.



Nevada Highway 164

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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/13/2024 8:02:50 AM