Explore Pinto Basin Mines
|Date/Time:||Saturday, November 3, 8 am – afternoon|
|Meet at:||Joshua Tree Visitor Center|
|Fee:||$50 members, $60 non member|
|Instructor:||Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide|
|Hike Level:||Strenuous, Extreme|
Explore the geology of the Hexie Mountains and the cultural remnants from the mining era in the 1900s in this all-day field class. Participants will hike through the desert to view historic ruins of buildings and mills that scatter the landscape leaving a physical record of gold fever and broken dreams left behind. The class will visit multiple mines in the area including the Eldorado Mine which was the largest mine in the Hexie Mountains and unique in that it produced other minerals than gold; also visited will be the Silver Bell and Golden Bee mines. Participants should be prepared to hike up to eight miles and spend the day outdoors. The class will not be exploring any mine shafts.