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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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.
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.