The Reward Mine

Total Miles
0.7

Elevation

1,279.13 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

A moderate trail that starts off on a broken road just off the 395 Freeway on Manzanar Reward Road. You will climb up and over the hillside where you will be welcomed with an experience you will never forget as you venture deep into the largest Gold Mine. The most amazing part is that you can drive down into the mine. The trail to the Reward Mine is very rocky therefore 4wd and high clearance will be required to get to the entrance. Once inside the mine, the trail is easy soft dirt.

Photos of The Reward Mine

The Reward Mine
The Reward Mine
The Reward Mine

Difficulty

Steady uphill climb on rutted sections with large rocks up to 12" tall. Mine is tight in the entrance but opens up nicely as you descend. The top of the mine does go ups bit but stays fairly low with the lowest point being just about 79" so it is important to not enter if you have a roof rack. Take off your antennas as well for if they reach over 79" they will make contact with the mine ceiling

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Branden Gabel
Mar 31, 2024
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
What an incredible experience! Went with the family and they can’t stop talking about it. The road there was easy a little wash boarded but easy even for a 2WD vehicle. Once you make the left to start climbing the trail, this is where it changes and becomes more challenging with large rocks and obstacles. It was easy in the Blazer but went slow to make sure all cleared. Once in the mine there are a few off-shoots and we didn’t make it out all the way to the other side, but turned around and definitely got to have a great experience. Well worth the trek up!
Johnny Mackerel
Nov 10, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Impassable Water Crossing
Debbie Opfer
Oct 29, 2023
4x4
Open
Ashton Fera
Oct 27, 2023
2021 Toyota 4Runner
Obstructed
Impassable Water Crossing

Access Description

From the 395, head East on Manzanar Reward Road until the broken pavement ends right at the base of the hill with the trail officially begins. There is a side trail to the right where you can drive up and check out old mining buildings

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