Gold Shot Stamp Mill Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 2,306' 703 m
Descent: -2,314' -705 m
High: 5,961' 1,817 m
Low: 4,914' 1,498 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“An incredible section of the PCT that includes side trips to a spring among mature oaks and an abandoned gold mine.”— James Nuce
Continue on the divide/PCT a short distance before you branch off to the right on Live Oak Trail #4e03 and descend to the spring over the course of a mile. You enter the groves of oak trees where you'll find the spring. The trail continues down to Palm Canyon, yet beyond this point the trail is overgrown and not maintained or traveled regularly. Backtrack up to the divide to the previously mentioned trail (Forest Road 6S10) that drops steeply down to both an abandoned corral and the now defunct gold mine. In addition to the tools and building, there are both vertical and horizontal mine shafts in the hill side.
Rejoin the road, heading south, until a side road coming in from the left (Campsite Connector) connects you to the PCT once again. This side road climbs gradually to the PCT. Once on the PCT, go right/south to return to the parking lot.
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