Old Prospector Trail Pond Trail Loop Irish Hills Natural Area San Luis Obispo Prospector Hill Hike
Today the Irish Hills are like a gold mine for hikers, but the small mountain range in San Luis Obispo historically hosted several mines for chromium and mercury. The ruins of one of these mines can be visited on Old Prospector Trail, which opened in 2015 to join the growing group of trails in Irish Hills Natural Reserve. This hikers-only single track starts in Froom... Read more.
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Distance: 4.4 miles – Elevation change: 650 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Coal Mines Historic Site Convict Precinct Walk Tasman Peninsula Tasmania Australia Hike Penal Colony Tour
If you think being a prisoner at a Tasmanian penal colony sounds bad, add coal mining to that prison sentence and you get something truly awful. Such was the case in the 1830s and 40s when, just after the famous Port Arthur Penal Colony was established, convict laborers were sent to another part of the Tasman Peninsula to work in coal mines (and you can imagine that working... Read more.
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Distance: 0.8 kilometers / 0.5 miles – Elevation change: 10 meters / 30 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 26, 2016
Fish Canyon Narrows Trail Sierra Pelona Mountains Los Angeles National Forest California hike Templin Highway Redrock Canyon Cienega Campground Pianobox Prospect backpacking backcountry narrow slot canyon Castaic Lake Fish Canyon Trail Santa Clarita
Not to be confused with Fish Canyon Falls on the east end of the Angeles National Forest, the Fish Canyon Narrows reside on the far west end of the Angeles in the Sierra Pelona Mountains north of Santa Clarita. Here a mountain stream passes through hundred-foot cliffs that are at time only twenty feet apart. The red rock walls mimic those you might find hiking in Zion... Read more.
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Calcite Mine Trail Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
For a brief period at the start of America's involvement in World War Two, this area was heavily mined for its high-grade calcite, a mineral then used to make bomb sights. This approximately 4-mile long expedition follows an old mining road into the Santa Rosa Mountains, crossing a narrow ravine with slot canyons that hikers may explore to add variety and excitement to this... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 3, 2016
Contact Mine in Joshua Tree National Park: Contact Mine was in operation at the start of the 20th century, extracting gold and silver from the mountains south of Twentynine Palms, California. A hundred years of desert decay have left the mine rusty but recognizable. The old road to the mine is worn down and eroded, now a little-used trail that provides access to hikers. This 3.95-mile round trip trek ascends 710 feet up a wash, a canyon, and an old road to a mountainside mine site that offers a glimpse into the mining history of Joshua Tree National Park.
Contact Mine was in operation at the start of the 20th century, extracting gold and silver from the mountains south of Twentynine Palms, California. A hundred years of desert decay have left the mine rusty but recognizable. The old road to the mine is worn down and eroded, now just a little-used hiking trail. This 3.95-mile round trip trek ascends 700 feet up a wash, a... Read more.
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Distance: 3.95 miles – Elevation change: 700 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 4, 2014
Ashford Mill Death Valley National Park things to do
The Ashford Mill ruins are visible to those driving up route 178 to Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. The ruins rest on the valley floor at an elevation of 121 feet below sea level. They serve as a picturesque example of the rigors of life in this harsh desert. In 1914, Ashford Mill was built to process gold from the Ashford Mine, located in... Read more.
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By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Joshua Tree Desert Queen Mine Hike
This short desert hike visits a gold mine that operated profitably for decades on land now protected by Joshua Tree National Park. An overlook across from the mine is reachable via an easy 0.7-mile round trip trail, and the excursion can be extended to 1.6 miles by crossing a canyon to the mine itself. Begin hiking on the nearly level Desert Queen Mine Trail (just to the... Read more.
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Distance: 1.6 miles – Elevation change: 150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Joshua Tree Mastodon Peak Hike California National Park Trail Cottonwood Springs
Mastodon Peak offers panoramic views of southeastern Joshua Tree National Park. The low summit is located in the Colorado Desert, so you will not see any Joshua trees around here. What you will see is some beautify desert that becomes populated with wildflowers come spring. Mastodon Peak can be reached via a 2.6-mile loop with 440 feet of elevation gain. The easiest... Read more.
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Distance: 2.6 miles – Elevation change: 440 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Joshua Tree Lost Horse Mine hike Joshua Tree National Park California
At the terminus of a gradual 4-mile round trip trail is the Lost Horse Mine ten-stamp mill and foundation. This is one of the best-preserved mills under National Park protection. Lost Horse Mine was one of the few mineral speculations in Joshua Tree National Park to be productive. According to the NPS, The mine yielded approximately 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces... Read more.
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Distance: 4 miles – Elevation change: 400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Dawn Mine San Gabriel Mountains trail Angeles National Forest hike Pasadena dawn goldmine
Dawn Mine offers a glimpse into the history of the San Gabriel Mountains. The abandoned shafts can be reached on a moderately strenuous 6-mile round trip hike up beautiful Millard Canyon. To visit the entrance to this forgotten gold mine, start from the Millard Campground parking area and hike half a mile up the canyon to Millard Falls. Take in the falls and back up three... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: February 16, 2016

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