Saddle Rock Mine Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,570' 479 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 5,102' 1,555 m
Low: 3,532' 1,077 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“An easily followed old mining road that offers spectacular views of northern Death Valley.”— Bruce Hope
Once you've located the wash along Emigrant Canyon Road, run 0.5 miles up this wash, and you'll come to very evident remains of the 1929 mine road. From there, the running is remarkably easy and view-filled the whole way to the Saddle Rock Mine.
After 2.5 miles of easy climbing, you reach the Pima and K. K. claims, marked by a collapsed cabin, two adits with narrow-gauge tracks, and assorted effluvia (including broken dishes and whiskey bottles).
The old road gets a bit less distinct as it continues on up the ridge past the original Saddle Rock claim, an inclined shaft with a rotting wooden ladder. The road continues to its end on a saddle at the base of a much steeper part of the ridge. This is shown as USLM 127 on the map. A USLM (U.S. Location Monument) was a timely way to survey mineral claims in advance of the slower moving public land surveys.
Although the 1929 road ends here, it is possible to continue on, for a mile cross-country, to Skidoo. Continuing cross-country to Skidoo would add two miles to the run or you could arrange a shuttle since there's a road to Skidoo.
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