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Bonanza Gulch

Beautiful route that passes by an old mine, post office, and mining camps.

Total Miles

17

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Elevation
4,120'
Duration
5 Hours
Technical Rating
3 / 10
Best Time
Winter/ Spring/ Summer/ Fall

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Trail Overview
Bonanza Gulch
Step back in time on a beautiful desert trip through BLM limited-use land. You'll pass by white caverns at the Holly Ash Cleanser Mine, the historic Bonanza Gulch Post Office, old miners' cabins, Bickel Camp, and Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Green-sticker vehicles have many options to explore, but are required to stay on designated routes only. It is a illegal to take anything from historical sites.
History
Everyone is welcome at Bickel Camp, where you can spend hours looking at a large collection of mining artifacts and memorabilia, accumulated over a lifetime by the late prospector, inventor and humanitarian Walter Bickel. The camp is staffed by volunteers who watch over the camp 24-7. Learn more at www.bickelcamp.org.
Getting There
From Highway 14, at a point about 35 miles north of Mojave and 0.3 miles north of milepost 50, turn east on well-marked EP15. Look for large sign for Burro Schmidt Tunnel.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Ridgecrest Field Office
(760) 384-5400