Pleasant Canyon

Travel east into the Panamint Mountains and drop into Pleasant Canyon.

Total Miles

20

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Elevation
6,394'
Duration
3 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter/ Spring

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Trail Overview
Pleasant Canyon
The first stop along this route is Clair Camp where you'll see some interesting mining ruins and standing structures. If you're in a green-sticker vehicle, you need to stop at the Death Valley National Park boundary, otherwise, you may just continue on to Rita's Cabin. There are a lot of other mining roads to check out along Rogers Pass. Eventually you'll encounter an old bridge that's impassible, so you'll need to turn around and go back the way you came to finish the trail.
History
In 1897, over 200 men worked the Ratcliff Mine and lived at Clair Camp (later named). The mine shut down in 1905 after producing a half million dollars in gold. In 1930, W.D. Clair bought the mine and was able to extract another $60,000. Source: Secret Places in the Mojave Desert, Vol. II, by Jim Mattern.
Getting There
From Trona: Take Hwy. 178 north about 22 miles and turn right on Ballarat Road. Head east 3.6 miles to the ghost town of Ballarat. From intersection of Highway 190 and Panamint Valley Road: Drive 14 miles south on Panamint Valley Road. Turn right on Trona Wildhorse Road and drive another 9.5 miles. Turn left on Ballarat Road and head east 3.6 miles to the ghost town of Ballarat.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Ridgecrest Field Office
(760) 384-5400