May 18 2011

Hiking Joshua Tree National Park

by in North America, United States, West Coast

When I was back in California during the Christmas holidays, we went hiking at Joshua Tree National Park. Much like the Salton Sea, Joshua Tree is another desert wasteland favorite that I try to return to every few years.

During our recent visit to Joshua Tree we hiked the Lost Horse Mine Trail, a 4.5 mile roundtrip hike that takes you to a well-preserved former gold mine site.

The tree from which the park takes its name.

Mine cart remains

The Lost Horse Mine. This mine produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver between 1894 and 1931.

The mine’s stamp mill

After our hike, we drove through the rest of Joshua Tree National Park.

Skull rock

Cholla Cactus garden. Stay away from the cacti. Trust me on this one.

More photos here.

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