Contact Mine Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 3,612 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 657 feet. The trail ends near the Contact Mine (elevation 3,622 feet) quarry.
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"The old mining troad that takes you to the Contact Mine is as impressive in its engineering as the mine itself. The troad cuts through solid rock, avoids gullies with remarkable rock foundations, and cuts across the sides of steep hills. The hiking path has become very rocky due to erosion, but the workmanship of the original road builders is still evident. The hiker is exposed to the elements along the entire trail. Pick a cool day to enjoy this one! The rising troad provides stunning views into the Pinto Mountains to the east, as well as into the craggy chain of peaks running from Twentynine Palms southward. A moderately strenuous round-trip to a historic gold and silver mining site."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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