Eastern Zinc Mine Trail

Total Miles
5.2

Elevation

1663.31 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

winter, fall, spring

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Trail Overview

This trail starts as a nice easy grader through a dense forest of Joshua Trees. It quickly changes as one passes the turn for the private mining claim. The trail quickly becomes off-camber and follows the path of a wash for a bit. There is soft sand and hidden boulders around the tight corners. There are a few old abandoned mines in the area to explore safely, but be sure to keep a distance. Once in the saddle, the descent becomes more challenging with very deep washouts, rock ledges, and seriously narrow with off-camber areas. One part of the trail near the western side of this section does have a short bypass to avoid another washed-out rocky climb or ascent. The rest of the trail is beautiful, with views of the range. There are a few decent camp spots, but most of the trail is BLM land. It does end in the park, so only licensed street vehicles are permitted in the Mojave Preserve. LTE service in and out.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

5