Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,607.00 ft (794.61 m)
Trail type
9.40 mi (15.13 km)
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New York Peak (7,533’) is the highest point in the New York Mountains and can be reached via this 9.3-mile out-and-back trek located within Mojave National Preserve. The New York Mountains are one of four desert mountain ranges within the Mojave National Preserve (the others are Clark, Granite, and Providence). The mountains in this range are rugged and remote, and because of their remote location, lack of well-maintained trails, campgrounds, or other tourist attractions, they are seldom visited.

During the trek, the terrain is mostly class 1, along an old mining road. Past the mine, there is a bit of class 2 scrambling across the ridge, and the final 200' to the summit involve class 3 scrambling. This trek is accessible for most people, but the section beyond the mine is recommended for experienced hikers.

Begin by following the dirt road / trail up Keystone Road. Through Keystone Canyon, the road narrows and becomes only accessible on foot. Keep to the main wash, avoiding side channels, and continue trekking towards the jagged pinnacles in front of you. On your way up, you'll pass by an abandoned mine before beginning the steep climb. Head up the ridgeline towards the saddle on the right of the high point on the ridge. The route may be marked with faint use-trails and footpaths.

Head toward the rounded summit of New York One, followed by the rocky peak of New York Two. Return the way you came after enjoying the panoramic views from the top.


  • If you have a high clearance vehicle you may be able to drive further up Keystone Canyon Road to shorten the route. 

  • Visitors should plan to bring, and carry, all necessary water. 


Keystone Canyon and Keystone Canyon Road are located off Ivanpah Road in Mojave National Preserve. 


This region has several distinct seasons, but keep in mind that temperatures vary greatly based on elevation, with the higher mountains being cooler and the lower areas being hotter.  

Generally, spring and fall are the best times of year to visit due to their mild temperatures. Desert weather can be quite extreme during the summer and winter. It is not uncommon for temperatures in the lower elevations to exceed 100 degrees in the summer. In contrast, visitors can expect freezing temperatures, strong winds, and rain and snow in the mountains during winter. 


There is no entrance fee for Mojave National Preserve.


There are no developed campgrounds nearby, however, there are several good primitive camping spots at the trailhead. 


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Peak bagging. Scenic views.


Little shade and water.

Trailhead Elevation

4,908.00 ft (1,495.96 m)

Highest point

7,406.00 ft (2,257.35 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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