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Shoshone Birding: White Trail
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Shoshone White Trail
Shoshone White Trail
Old Hwy 127 at Mojave Street (note white trail marker; view N)


Shoshone is a small town with a bit of water and green amid a very arid piece of desert. This isn't a birding destination, but it is a nice place for traveling birders to stop for the night and do some evening and morning birding.

There are five birding trails in town. The White Trail starts on the west side of town and heads west to the open desert, then drops into a wash and loops back through the historic Dublin Gulch area.

Link to trail map.

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this hike is pretty safe when the weather is cool. If the weather is hot, this area can be unbelievably hot, so be sure to bring water. The trail runs through open desert, so wear sensible shoes and a broad-brimmed hat too.

Shoshone White Trail
White Trail Trailhead parking (note white trail marker; view W)

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and please try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This trail is fairly long, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

Getting to the Trailhead

The White Trail Trailhead is located on the west side of town, just south of the high school. From Hwy 127 in front of the Crowbar Cafe and facing north, turn left onto Old Hwy 127. In a few yards, turn left onto Mojave St. and drive back past the houses. Park at the end of the road.

The White Trail

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint White-01), the trail runs west into the desert following white trail markers for about 1.5 miles. The trail eventually turn south (Wpt. White-07), hits an old dirt road, and returns to the downtown area via the Dublin Gulch historic area (Wpt. White-09). For details of the trail, see the description posted on the Amargosa Conservancy website.

Table 1. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
White-01 Trailhead 565650 3981509 1598 0.00 0.00 GPS
White-02 Old RR Pilings 565520 3981450 1598 0.15 0.15 GPS
White-03 Tunnel 565483 3981520 1650 0.05 0.20 GPS
White-04 Clay Mine 565280 3981530 1657 0.18 0.38 GPS
White-05 Bottom of Small Gully 564854 3981295 1732 0.38 0.76 GPS
White-06 Top of Small Gully 564765 3981250 1742 0.07 0.83 GPS
White-07 Trail Turn South 564045 3980910 1844 0.52 1.35 GPS
White-08 Old Road 564128 3980793 1841 0.09 1.44 GPS
White-09 Dublin Historic District 565540 3981060 1624 0.96 2.40 GPS
White-10 Edge of Highway 565844 3981087 1601 0.20 2.60 GPS
White-01 Trailhead 565650 3981509 1598 0.35 2.95 GPS

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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