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mauriciom42
08-03-2010, 08:41 PM
Went to Joshua Tree today and after a nice long hike in 95 degree weather, I reached the mine and took some nice pics. I'll be posting the pics sometime tomorrow.

JoeZona
08-04-2010, 05:03 AM
That's a pretty foolish thing to do - hiking in extreme heat.
You could have easily wound up like these guys (http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2010/07/17/20100717utah-hikers-searching-for-treasure-feared-dead.html).
Be careful out there!
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mauriciom42
08-04-2010, 07:41 PM
Here are the pictures!

This is located at the parking area:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/mauriciom42/Picture028.jpg

Here are pics of the 10 stamp mill:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/mauriciom42/Picture072.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/mauriciom42/Picture073.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/mauriciom42/Picture077.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/mauriciom42/Picture082.jpg

dwinslow
08-05-2010, 02:47 AM
That is in excellent condition. I guess it's far enough away from the main stream traffic that the vandals have not taken the time or energy to go back in there. Great shots.

campp
08-05-2010, 06:40 AM
Looks great, love that last shot. It is indeed very intact.

And be careful in that heat out there kids. I can't believe the article JoeZona posted. They're STILL trying! Idiots!

Toysx2
08-05-2010, 08:07 AM
Nice photos!

I haven't been to the Lost Horse Mine. One of the reasons was that I was under the impression that the "good stuff" was sealed off by a chain link fence. I thought that I had read somewhere that it was even difficult to get decent photos. Apparently that is not the case?

mauriciom42
08-05-2010, 01:51 PM
There is a chain link fence unfortunately. But nothing a little crawling under cant fix. There are 2 large holes that go under the fence. The mine is too far and hard for the rangers to care. If you plan on going the actually mill, careful! There are many loose boards and can break if you step on them wrong.

dwinslow
08-05-2010, 03:20 PM
There is a chain link fence unfortunately. But nothing a little crawling under cant fix. There are 2 large holes that go under the fence. The mine is too far and hard for the rangers to care. If you plan on going the actually mill, careful!

There are many loose boards and can break if you step on them wrong.

Hmmmm, maybe that's why they put a fence around it.

mauriciom42
08-05-2010, 08:49 PM
Hmmmm, maybe that's why they put a fence around it.

Actually its all the graffiti on it that caused the fence to go up. There are HUGE amounts of grafitti everywhere on the mill.

josta
08-06-2010, 09:13 AM
Great pictures, thanks! I didn't see any graffiti anywhere??? How long of a hike is it...we've been wanting to go but have been put off by the reports of the chain link fence.

John

mauriciom42
08-06-2010, 09:27 AM
Great pictures, thanks! I didn't see any graffiti anywhere??? How long of a hike is it...we've been wanting to go but have been put off by the reports of the chain link fence.

John

There is alot of carvings all over the wood of the mill. Its really sad to see people treat a piece of history like that. The hike from the parking area is a 2 mile hike. Again, there is a fence, but if you want to get good pictures, you can crawl under the large hole. Hahaha.

josta
08-06-2010, 09:51 AM
So it's about a 45 minute hike then? All uphill or what?

John

mauriciom42
08-06-2010, 03:30 PM
So it's about a 45 minute hike then? All uphill or what?

John

Well, non-stop hiking and staying at a steady pace will get you to the mill in about 35 min! The trail is up and down over and over so you get a good beat out of it.

josta
08-06-2010, 05:35 PM
Thanks! Will check it out when the temperatures get under 3 digits!

And while unrelated to GT'ing, the Big Morongo Preserve in nearby Morongo Valley is an interesting stop!

John

mauriciom42
08-07-2010, 07:57 PM
Thanks! Will check it out when the temperatures get under 3 digits!

And while unrelated to GT'ing, the Big Morongo Preserve in nearby Morongo Valley is an interesting stop!

John

Really? What is there there?

josta
08-08-2010, 09:39 AM
Check this out:

http://www.bigmorongo.org/

Click on "Walk the Trails", then scroll down to the map, click on the light green "Marsh Trail" for pictures.

There is a raised wood walkway through part of it, in a loop with natural streams, thick vegetation, water ponds, etc. A nice diversion; interesting to see such lush foliage in the desert. Figure on a hour or so there.

mauriciom42
08-08-2010, 01:35 PM
Check this out:

http://www.bigmorongo.org/

Click on "Walk the Trails", then scroll down to the map, click on the light green "Marsh Trail" for pictures.

There is a raised wood walkway through part of it, in a loop with natural streams, thick vegetation, water ponds, etc. A nice diversion; interesting to see such lush foliage in the desert. Figure on a hour or so there.

That looks nice! I'm definitely gonna have to check that out next time I'm out there.