The Cleghorns are dry lakes plunked near the middle of Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness, an area of remarkably different resources. The eastern portion rises into the rugged Bullion Mountains, while the western section stretches out into a vast alluvial desert slope, or bajada. Elevations range from more than 4,100 feet across the four-mile reach of the mountains to 1,400 feet on the desert floor. Bighorn sheep roam the mountains, and the desert tortoise prowls the lowlands. Some of the washes are adorned with gardens of barrel cactuses and smoke trees (almost leafless trees with gray twigs that appear surrounded by a smoky haze from a distance). The lakes will occasionally erupt into spring wildflower bloom. A non-Wilderness road corridor splits off the northwest corner of the Wilderness and leads to the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. You'll find no trails, but old tracks lead into the area.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
California Desert Protection Act of 1994 - Public Law 103-433 (10/31/1994) "California Desert Protection Act of 1994" An Act to designate certain lands in the California Desert as wilderness, to establish the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to establish the Mojave National Preserve, and for other purposes.