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Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNP, CA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,094 feet
Elevation Gain 1,165 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,300 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.6
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Historic
Dogs not allowed
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22  2015-07-11 SunDevil3
35  2010-02-16 gpsjoe
35  2010-02-16 Grasshopper
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan
Sun  5:27am - 5:57pm
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Overview: Ashford Canyon is located in the southern Black Mountains of Death Valley. For most people the highlight of this hike is the Ashford Mining Camp, located in a scenic and remote canyon. With its old cabins, partial furnished rooms, and mining structures, this well-preserved camp and surrounding mines provide an interesting glimpse of life in a remote gold mine camp occupied by the Ashford brothers from January, 1907-1915. Various interests worked over 4000 feet of tunnels off and on until the early 1950's when the property was finally idle for good. Harold Ashford estimated that the total production from 1907-1950's had sold for $135,000 about half as much as was invested.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

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    Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNP
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    Ashford Canyon is located in the southern Black Mountains of Death Valley National Park.

    For some the highlight of this hike will be the Ashford Mining Camp, located in a scenic and remote canyon at a relatively low elevation of 2250 feet. On this full day in DVNP, I believe that Joe and I more enjoyed the scenic views and colorful geology of this canyon loop hike to and from. The camp and surrounding mines provide an interesting glimpse of life in a remote gold mine camp occupied by the Ashford brothers from 1907-1915.

    Various interests worked over 4000 feet of tunnels off and on until the early 1950's when the property was finally idle for good. Harold Ashford estimated that the total production of gold ore from 1907-1950's had sold for $135,000 about half as much as was invested.

    For the first time ever in the wild, I actually found some "real gold" embedded-in quartz rock while hiking in this lower canyon segment http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=126268 A very special moment for me :y: On our hike out, my second best moment was finding an old historic genuine "Prince Albert" tobacco container.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=126292 :D
    Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNP
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    Hiked a loop in Ashford Canyon to Ashford mining camp and mines. The track submitted was edited to reflect the best route to take which is shorter than the mileage we did. We went past the Ashford mines and there is little reason to do that. Also we went up the canyon at the beginning and had to turn back because of a dry waterfall blocking the way. So the track has a route that will allow you to get there without these troubles.

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    From Furnace Creek, CA: From the intersection of SR190/Badwater Road(SR178), drive 17 miles south on Badwater Road to the Badwater Visitor/Parking area; Continue SE on Badwater Road for another 27.4 miles to the signed turnoff to the Ashford Mill Ruins on the Right(SW side of Road), turn LEFT HERE(NE)onto unmarked, primitive Ashford Canyon entrance road at way point N35.92083 W-116.68124; Drive this high clearance road for 2.7mls to its barricaded end at the entrance to Ashford Canyon and TH/Parking Start at way point N35.95445 W-116.66434; Also see Driving Directions GPS Route posted to this Hike Description;
    page created by Grasshopper on Feb 25 2010 9:57 pm
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