Golden Bee Mine Trail

Twentynine Palms, California

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The mine is located near the top of a pass that drops southward into Fried Liver Wash. It provides a spectacular view to the north, particularly in the evening as the setting sun lights up Pinto Basin beneath the imposing mass of the Pinto Range. A moderately strenuous hike to a historic mine site high in the Hexie Mountains.
Hiking California's Desert Parks

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Hiking California's Desert Parks

by Bill & Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

The mine is located near the top of a pass that drops southward into Fried Liver Wash. It provides a spectacular view to the north, particularly in the evening as the setting sun lights up Pinto Basin beneath the imposing mass of the Pinto Range. A moderately strenuous hike to a historic mine site high in the Hexie Mountains.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Twentynine Palms
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 670 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: October through April.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,230 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: Joshua Tree National Park
Local Maps: USGS Fried Liver Wash
Driving Directions: Directions to Golden Bee Mine Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/2/2010
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They say the trail starts at the Chollo Catcus Graden, and despite the very clear directions given by the trail guide we never found the trail itself. We found some tire tracks and we followed those as far as they went--our thinking was if there was a trail it's completely grown over now. What we did was walk through open desert in as straight a line as we possibly could. The trail guide says if you get lost follow the largest peak in the southwest sky, which was helpful. If you walk through the two Volcanic mounds, follow the highest southwest peak and look for rock cairns to guide the way, you'll eventually find your way to the base of the mountain. Don't make the mistake of walking up the river washes--resist the temptation of flat ground and continue to go straight in the direction of the mountain. From there you have to scramble up rock covered pathways to the mine. The mine itself is pretty cool, but the view is probably better on one of the other neighboring peaks. It's definitely a strenuous hike, only because you spend most of your time walking over rocks and around Cacti. It's not a trip to take dogs, children or grandma on. I wouldn't do it again, or recommend to others. It was obvious no one had been on that hike in a long long while, and I'm sure there are other better hikes to be had in Joshua Tree.



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