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Stoddard Mountain


Stoddard Mountain Overview

Location:

Mojave Desert, within the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area.

Elevation:

Approximately 4,902 feet (1,494 meters) above sea level.

Geology:

Lithology and Stratigraphy:

Composed of Mesozoic plutonic rocks, primarily granite, and some volcanic rocks.

Geomorphology:

Features rugged terrain with steep slopes, rocky outcrops, and valleys.

Climate:

Precipitation:

Annual rainfall is about 4 to 6 inches.

Temperature:

Mean annual temperature ranges from 55F to 70F, with hot summers and cooler winters.

Vegetation:

Desert Flora:

Includes creosote bush, Joshua trees, and various cacti, all adapted to arid conditions.

Recreation:

OHV Activities:

Popular for off-highway vehicles, with designated trails and open areas for motorcycles, ATVs, and 4x4 vehicles.

Hiking and Exploration:

Attracts hikers and nature enthusiasts interested in the unique desert landscape and local wildlife.

Wildlife:

Fauna:

Home to desert species such as Mojave rattlesnakes, desert cottontails, and burrowing owls.

Conservation:

Land Management:

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to balance recreational use and habitat preservation.

Stoddard Mountain is a significant natural landmark in the Mojave Desert, known for its geological features, recreational opportunities, and diverse desert ecosystem.


Elevation 4,888 feet
Named after either Arvin or Sheldon Stoddard.

Stoddard Mountain is part of a east-southeast trending ridge 10 miles long, 15 miles south of Barstow and 10 miles northeast of Victorville.

also see:

Sheldon Stoddard

They rode pack animals and followed a trail as far as Mountain Meadows, intending to take a northern route via Walker's Lake to the placer diggings. They traveled westward for eighteen days without guides, compass or maps. ...

Stoddard Valley OHV Area

Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. It is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes.

Stoddard Wells Road

Slash X Ranch

Stoddard Valley OHV Area

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