Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon

Death Valley, California

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This exploration of a historic mine site with a tram will appeal to mining and history buffs. The longer leg in Corridor Canyon will enchant those who appreciate excellent vistas of cliffs and mountains. Unsecured mine openings dot the hillside. The National Park Service emphatically warns visitors not to get close to the mines; the tram should also be given a wide berth. The hike up the trail to the overlook gives you a magnificent aerial view of the mine encampment and the rolling hills of the Last Chance Range. Mine openings proliferate like rodent burrows. The rust-colored rock and earth in piles at each opening give the mining operations an eerie fresh appearance, as if the work here just stopped yesterday instead of sixty or one hundred years ago. Numerous wooden posts mark the mountainside along the trail to designate claims of long-gone prospectors. Crossing carefully beneath the hilltop tram tower, you arrive at trail’s end and a view westward of winding Corridor Canyon. For more information about the history of mining in Death Valley, visit the Borax Museum (free admission) at Furnace Creek Ranch.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This exploration of a historic mine site with a tram will appeal to mining and history buffs. The longer leg in Corridor Canyon will enchant those who appreciate excellent vistas of cliffs and mountains.

Unsecured mine openings dot the hillside. The National Park Service emphatically warns visitors not to get close to the mines; the tram should also be given a wide berth. The hike up the trail to the overlook gives you a magnificent aerial view of the mine encampment and the rolling hills of the Last Chance Range. Mine openings proliferate like rodent burrows. The rust-colored rock and earth in piles at each opening give the mining operations an eerie fresh appearance, as if the work here just stopped yesterday instead of sixty or one hundred years ago. Numerous wooden posts mark the mountainside along the trail to designate claims of long-gone prospectors.

Crossing carefully beneath the hilltop tram tower, you arrive at trail’s end and a view westward of winding Corridor Canyon. For more information about the history of mining in Death Valley, visit the Borax Museum (free admission) at Furnace Creek Ranch.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best season: October through March
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Ubehebe Peak-CA and Teakettle Junction-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon

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