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PS - HIKE: LUCKY BOY-EAGLE CLIFF MINE

  • Tue, April 02, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
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  • Departure Time: 8:00 AM
  • Departure Location: Hunter’s on Arenas
  • Trail Length:  5.3 Miles RT
  • Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 800'
  • Difficulty: Moderate + requires agility, flexibility and some scrambling experience to negotiate the boulders
  • Boulder scrambling thru wash
  • Hike Leader:  Sherwood Covill

This is a jewel of a hike not frequently traveled.  One is rewarded with two historical sites while being surrounded by some of the most magnificent landscape and views in the park.

The hike starts by winding down the Lucky Boy wash into a canyon with large boulders which need to be navigated either under, around or over. Moderate boulder scrambling and skill will be helpful.  Shortly after leaving this area the trail comes to the no long active Queen mine.  This gold mine was active until 196l.  After briefly exploring the mine area the hike will continue along towering cliffs until it ascends to a ridge and the Eagle Cliff Mine.  There is very little left of the mine today.  As the trail continues from the Eagle mine it tops out on a plateau which runs along the top of the Eagle Cliffs.   It is here, somewhat hidden, a house built in the boulders which are its walls and part of the roof.  It is still very much intact.  It is believed that a small group of miners working at the nearby Eagle Cliff gold mine lived there.  The return hike will proceed back to the Queen mine to a shorter trail directly to the parking lot.  

Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), lunch/snacks, sun protection, layered clothing. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.  

Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share.

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels


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