Old Dale Mining District Drive

Twentynine Palms, California 92277

Old Dale Mining District Drive

Old Dale Mining District Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The remains of the Dale gold-mining district are interesting, but the vistas across Pinto Basin, especially in the light of late afternoon, are a primary reward of this drive. A number of side roads lead to old mines and residences."

Old Dale Mining District Drive Trip Reports

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1/14/2012
Went out for a drive from Palm Springs through Joshua Tree, thought it would be nice to tale the old dale road over to 29 Palms, its a great ride in a good 4x4 gald we toke the Bronco ll some of the rock and holes are big not a big skill road but rough for a beginner but a lot of fun and great views .
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1/2/2012
Well, this was a whim of a trip. I was not planning on doing any trips today. But, somehow I talked myself into playing in the dirt. I decided to take this trail, because it is close to my home. The Trail head is easy to find and the initial road is very very easy! It is just a nice dirt road. After a while you enter the Dale Mining District. There are a few mines to go out and see. I only stopped at 1. After you leave Dale, you start your climb up and then down the Pinto Mountains. This is where it gets more difficult. The drive has a lot, well it pretty much is, fist sized or larger rocks. There are some good sized holes. In short it makes for a very bumpy slow go. But soooo worth it!!! the views into the basin below are breathtaking! Once you clear down the Pinto Mountains, take a few min to walk around a couple of old ruins, the Mill and the Well. They are worth it! I left my house in Joshua Tree at around noon. and returned at about 530. A good fun ride with just enough bouncing to work on developing good technical driving skills
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Trail Information

Twentynine Palms
Nearby City
23
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Difficulty
1.5 hours
Duration
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Season
Joshua Tree National Park
Local Contacts
ACSC San Diego, National Geographic/Trails Illustrated’s Joshua Tree National Park, CRRA
Local Maps

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