ElevationAscent: 60' 18 m
Descent: -316' -96 m
High: 1,649' 503 m
Low: 1,334' 406 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A trail off Mine Hill Trail that goes to the Mine Hill Rotary Furnace and English Camp, and then rejoins Mine Hill Trail”— Joan Pendleton
Just before reaching the old Mine Hill Rotary Furnace ruins, the hill to the left of the trail is Mine Hill. Here, a short spur trail off Castillero Trail doubles back and climbs Mine Hill, if you'd like to make your journey a bit more strenuous.
Continuing on past the Mine Hill Rotary Furnace ruins, the Castillero Trail veers left. It passes the Hidalgo Cemetery Trail on the right, as it goes around Mine Hill that is to the left of the trail. The vegetation becomes thicker as it winds on and meets up with the Yellow Kid Trail after a short ways.
To the right, at the Castillero Trail/Yellow Kid Trail junction is the site of the old English Camp. When these mines were active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Cornish miners and their families lived here, in a town of about 1000 people.
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