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Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNP - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 11 2015
SunDevil3
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37 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNPDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
SunDevil3
Hiking0.75 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles      30 Mns   1.50 mph
1,300 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Just short hike around the ruins. Did not see any trail of substance from the parking area for ruins but I did not look too hard either.
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Feb 16 2010
gpsjoe
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77 male
 Joined Feb 13 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNPDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
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gpsjoe
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
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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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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNPDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
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Grasshopper
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   0.61 mph
1,300 ft AEG
 
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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
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