Re: Manly Pass / The Escape Trail - what little I know...
Posted by Last Chance Rand on March 27, 2002 at 15:58:00:
In Reply to: Re: Manly Pass / The Escape Trail posted by SteveS on March 27, 2002 at 13:27:47:
"A steel marker sign points the way from where 168 branches off to the left and climbs up the hilly ridges going westbound"
This is on the east side of the Slate Range. The south fork up the ridge is referred to as Manly Pass. The north fork up the rocky wash ascents Fish Canyon. It only goes about a mile until the deadend at a dry waterfall and Brier's Silent Sepulchre, a hollow sheltered by cliffs and marked by a historical sign. I do not believe the OHV Limited Use route continues beyond this.
The canyon that connects to the saddle of Manly Pass from the west side of the Slate Range is called Isham Canyon. This is the new hardcore trail that has sort of replaced now-closed Surprise Canyon. CAL4WD trips require short wheelbase, front & rear lockers, a winch and a no top, however, I've seen pics of a Toyota
Old topo maps actually show a single-track trail leading from Isham Canyon up to the radar installations on the north peak, but I saw no remaining signs of this. You can access this north peak easily, however, via the quarry road a few miles north of the Sand & Gravel road, the access point for eastbound travel over Manly Pass, P168.
Lastly, I understand that technically the Escape Trail is a foot path that was marked by a Trona-based group of Manly-Rogers enthusiasts. Then in the 70's another local brought a blade up and over the ridges from the mine (name escapes me...) on the west side to the Fish Canyon wash. Since then the foot trail and P168 share the same route on both sides of the range, but split where P168 goes over Manly Pass and the Escape Trail continues up Fish Canyon.