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.
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.
High Clearance possible when dry
To hike 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;