Ashford Canyon/Mine

Death Valley, California 92328

Ashford Canyon/Mine

Ashford Canyon/Mine Professional Review and Guide

"The Ashford (Golden Treasure) Mine was discovered in 1907 and was sold a few years later to supply gold ore to the Ashford Mill. The early years were probably its most productive, since the mine sold for more money than it ultimately yielded. The inefficiency of the mill was at least partly to blame. For more information about the history of mining in Death Valley, visit the Borax Museum (free admission) at Furnace Creek Ranch.

An extensive mine site with several intact buildings lies up a remote and narrow canyon. The rocky mining road has become a hiking trail, leading to the historic early twentieth-century mine site."

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"From the mouth of the canyon the old mining trail climbs steeply up the left side of the deep, narrow Ashford Canyon. Rockslides and erosion are gradually erasing any sign of the troad as nature reclaims the land. But there is still enough evidence of rock construction and built-up roadbeds to make this route fairly easy to follow. After dropping into the canyon bottom the road crosses the wash several times. Several steep sections of slanted rock are avoided as the troad pitches right or left. Huge round mine timbers and scattered diggings are found about halfway up. At 1.3 miles the road crosses the wash and contours to the left around the slope, climbs slightly, and then drops to the mining camp. The buildings are still somewhat intact, containing some of the furniture and appliances used by the miners. Although they made no effort to clean up their trash, one has to marvel at the incredible determination and optimism the miners must have had to carve such an extensive operation out of such difficult terrain. The miners sure had a view in this southern stretch of the Black Mountains, with Ashford Peak soaring to the south and the rugged canyon below opening to the Owlshead and Panamint mountains westward."

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This is an enjoyable day hike. We were able to drive up into the canyon a good ways. Never did find an actual trailhead. The area has had a lot of washing out but its a canyon so we just treked uphil until the canyon dead ended at a small spring. Good view of death valley untill you get up into the canyon. Had the canyon all to ourselves. Fairly easy walking. Interesting geology.

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Best season: October through April
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200;
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Shore Line Butte-CA
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Oct 2018