Cloak and Dagger
History: Set the mood as you take this adventure on the Golden Eye Mine Trail named after the mining claim you are crossing. Ian Fleming, a British journalist, had an estate in Jamaica he called Goldeneye. Goldeneye is where Fleming created the fictional character James Bond in 1952. Golden Eye, the movie was the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series and was named after Flemings Jamaican estate. Does any of this have anything to do with the naming of this mine? Perhaps its just coincidence but the history of the area and eery landscape along this trail beg for answers and it is a great setting for mystery and intrigue.
Overview: The trailhead can be accessed by either the Javelina Mine Trail or the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail. Golden Eye offers great panoramic views of surrounding buttes and remote canyons many of which are unnamed, stimulating thoughts of future adventures while acting as a connector trail to longer loops and outings in the Goldfields.
Hike: The trail follows the contour of the hill on your right thru an area of mature plants and unspoiled desert. As you round the bend distant views are plentiful. Soon the left side of the monolith Golden Eye comes into view ahead. I'm calling the monolith Golden Eye also because it is part of the Golden Eye claim. Watch for mining claim markers. The trail crosses right at the saddle then starts down crossing to the right side of the monolith. The trail now levels off following the contours of the monolith on your left. There is a beautiful canyon off to the right but it looks to be chocked with vegetation. Look high up left on the monolith occasionally and watch for the golden arches. I am naming them Golden Eye Arches. The trail serpentines thru a deep wash and continues thru varied terrain with assorted samples of quartz and crystal rock. The trail ends at an old jeep road. This is the Willow Springs Basin Tank Trail.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.