Blue Jay Mine

Blue Jay Mine
Blue Jay Mine

The majority of my trips in 2008 had been out to the more remote parts of Death Valley and this one was no exception. I met up with my dad and Dan for a challenging hike to an old mine site. The hike took us about eight hours round-trip to cover about eight miles of rough terrain.

Overlooking Saline Valley

The mine itself, the Blue Jay, seems to have also been known as the Queen mine. I haven’t been able to find much history on it yet, but it is obviously old. The camp litter matches a rock inscription which dates to 1906. The area is full of old prospects and miners’ trails, so we’ll be back to explore them someday when the temperatures cool off a little. And hopefully, on a less hazy day.