Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon Trail

Bishop, California 93515

Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon Trail

Ubehebe Lead Mine/Corridor Canyon Trail Professional Guide

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"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 gives the mining operations an eerie fresh appearance, as if the work here just stopped yesterday instead of 50 or 100 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. The canyon is unique in that it provides both a closed-in experience as well as far distant vistas of cliffs, overshadowed by even higher cliff layers beyond, opening to expansive views of adjacent and faraway mountains."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This exploration of a historic early-twentieth-century mine site with a tram will appeal to history and mining buffs. The longer leg in Corridor Canyon will enchant those who appreciate scenic vistas of desert cliffs and mountains. Ubehebe Mine has a lengthy history, beginning in 1875 when copper ore was found here. The copper mine was not fully developed until early in the twentieth century, but the profitable ore was soon depleted. Lead mining began at the site in 1908 and continued until 1928. Ubehebe Mine had another renaissance in the 1940s as a zinc mine. Mining activity came to an end in 1951." Read more
Hiking Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Bishop
Nearby City
10
Distance
840 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
October through March.
Season
3,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,240 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Ubehebe Peak and Teakettle Junction
Local Maps

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Dec 2018