This moderate, narrow trail runs north from Vicksburg, close to the town site of Winchester, and past the Desert Queen Mine—one of the major gold-producing mines of the area. Initially, the trail is a graded road, but after it passes the county materials site it drops to a small, formed trail. It follows along Calcite Wash, passing close to the Desert Queen Mine after 2.3 miles. The mine is listed as being privately owned, but there appears to be no restrictions on access. Like all mining claims, its status may change. A small track on the right leads 0.4 miles into the site of the mine, past an old cabin, and along a narrow section of shelf road to the mine hole and wooden loading hopper.
Be careful as you approach the hopper: There is a big shaft on the left just as the trail opens out at the mine. Some workings of the mine are also visible to the right. Special Attractions: Remains of the historic Desert Queen Mine. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
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