Wall Street Mill Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain153ft
Trailhead Elevation4,258ft
Top4,344ft
Elevation Min/Max4254/4344ft
Elevation Start/End4258/4258ft

Wall Street Mill Trail

Wall Street Mill Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County and Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 4,258 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 153 feet. Near the trailhead there is a recycling.

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Bill Keys built the Wall Street Mill in 1930 to process gold ore. The ore was carted to the top of the mill, then dumped through a crusher and smashed into sand by two great stamps. The sand was mixed with water and mercury; the gold adhered to the mercury, while the worthless gravel washed away. Keys ceased operations in 1966 and the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. It is one of the better-preserved examples of early 20th Century mining technology. A short hike through the desert brings you to inspect the structure." Read more
Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"This level hike displays the desert's power of preservation! Rusty old trucks still have their tires. Antique cars sit peacefully beneath oak trees. The mill, protected by the National Register of Historic Sites due to its local technological and mechanical uniqueness, still stands with its machinery intact, albeit a tad rusty. A barbed-wire fence also protects the mill from visitors. Nearby are hulks of vehicles and other artifacts of life in the desert 60 years ago. A park sign at the mill explains its workings, with an excellent drawing—actually a blueprint of its original design in the 1930s. This is a fun voyage of discovery, even for those who might not be machinery buffs. Well preserved ore processing and other remnants of mining days provide historical interest." Read more

Wall Street Mill Trail Reviews

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3/1/2010
This is a fun trail for photographers who like to shoot old ruins and artifacts. It's an easy trek even when loaded down with lots of equipment.
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2/28/2009
Not the greatest trail, but it does take you back to an old stamping plant. It was fun to see the old cars and trucks along the way.
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Dec 2018