Bonanza Gulch / EP15

Johannesburg, California 93554

Bonanza Gulch / EP15

Bonanza Gulch / EP15 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"See giant white caverns of Holly Ash Cleanser Mine, Bonanza Gulch Post Office and old miners cabins including the incredible Bickle Cabin with hundreds of pieces of old mining equipment. Note that the mines are private property, so treat them with respect and care. The trail also goes by famous Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Last part of trail crosses through the heart of the rugged El Paso Mountains. It is a long, remote and complicated route for those who really want to get deep into the backcountry. You can skip this part of trip by exiting early through Mesquite Canyon. The first half of route through Bonanza Gulch is easy. Second half of route crosses remote, mountainous terrain where trail is narrow and rocky in a few places. Route-finding is complex so pay close attention to directions. Suitable for most stock SUVs with high ground clearance and low-range gearing."

Bonanza Gulch / EP15 Reviews

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Regarding the above, I have verified with the Kern County Recorder's Office, the Bureau of Land Management, and local law enforcement that there is no private property within Bonanza Gulch. There are eight placer mining claims within Bonanza Gulch and its environs, but these remain public property managed by the Bureau of Land Management with no surface rights for the claim holder other than those rights necessary for mineral extraction. All cabins within Bonanza Gulch proper predate the active claims and are property of the Bureau of Land Management and may be used for a maximum of 14 days per year by claim holders unless an extraction plan has been filed requiring use of the cabins for longer periods of time and a permit granted for such use. No such extraction plan is on file for any of the claims within Bonanza Gulch itself. Furthermore, California law requires that property be fenced, locked, or marked with "No Trespassing" signs in order for law enforcement to even issue a trespassing citation (a $75 fine under California state law). In short, in areas where there are no fences or "No Trespassing" signs, take photographs of the area and the cabins to your heart's delight with the firm knowledge that the Kern County Sheriff's Department is not going to arrest you and haul you off to Bakersfield for the crime of photographing public property. If someone approaches you in a threatening manner with a firearm, report this immediately to local law enforcement. They are very interested in such reports because such people usually are involved in illegal drug manufacturing operations and are trying to scare people off. And do stay away from areas where miners are actually working their claims and respect their property. But this is all public property, and claims that it is not are incorrect.
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1/20/2006 has been informed that the Bonanza Gulch trail cabins are on private property. The mining claims in this area are active and vandalism and removal of valuable minerals without the owners permission is a felony which the Kern County Sheriff likes to prosecute. Anyone may visit the cabin and sign in if they respect the place, put trash in the can provided, and leave it as they found it. Surviellance cameras are currently being placed for the prosecution of vandals.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
ATVs and dirt bikes
Allow about 5 hours

Activity Feed

Dec 2018