Sometime before 1894, Al Tingman ("The Father of Indio") and Ed Holland (of Lost Horse Mine fame) staked claims on some rich gold ore samples high above Pleasant Valley. They sold the mine to Bill and John Garrison who formed the Hexahedron Mining Company. The Company dug a well but
The Mastodon Peak Loop is an easy and well known hike in the southern end Joshua Tree National Park but the history of the mine and nearby mills are lesser known. The Mastodon Mine was owned and operated by George Hulsey and family of Indio. The gold-bearing quartz vein was
It goes without saying that water is important in the desert and in Joshua Tree that is no different. A rancher by the name of C.O. Barker built the dam around 1902 to improve the natural tank here for his cattle. Along with the nearby Cow Camp reservoir, it
I'm a fan of arches. I don't know why but they are always fun to find. There aren't that many in Joshua Tree National Park (Arch Rock and Garrett's Arch come to mind) but the lesser-known Window Rock one is lurking right off the road.
This is a shuttle hike that goes along the edge of the maze that is the Wonderland of Rocks and then drops down into Indian Cove. It's not a backcountry hike to an old mine or anything but I am including it for completeness of Joshua Tree hikes; plus, it
Reportedly, Bill Keys dynamited a few boulders to allow cattle to gain entrance in 1921. I’m not sure if that story is true or not but Hidden Valley certainly would make for a good corral. A sign along the nature trail says it happened in 1936, so sources vary.
Nothing historical here but this is a nice hike to a peak with great views. Directions * Hike: Moderate hike, 5.7 miles Out & Back, 1400 ft gain round trip. 3 hours. The trailhead for this hike is at the visitor center in the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve run by The Wildlands