Wall Street Mill Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
This was a very pleasant, easy hike. It's right next to the Barker (aka Big Horn) Dam trail (which I also recommend). It is interesting to see the relics and learn more about the history of the area. It is unfortunate to see that a few people are vandalizing or messing around with things and can't just leave them be. Some of the items shown in the posted photos are no longer there. Also, some of the photos were clearly taken from off-limits areas.
The trail to the mill is a mix of desert trail and walking in washes. This means quite a lot of trudging through heavy sand. This, and a general lack of shade makes what would otherwise be an easy walk a bit more strenuous. The mill is a pretty cool destination, but the "trail" is a bit of a letdown.
Fun, easy and historic walk out through the desert. If you keep your eyes open, you will see the ruins of an old home, a marker for a grave, and a lot of abandoned equipment from the mine. The Wall Street Mill was an old gold mill, and while the mill itself is still there, it is roped off. The trailhead is near the trailhead for Barker Dam, so you can do both hikes on the same day. Definitely doable. The Mill hike is much less travelled, and I saw only one other person once I hit the trail.
Extremely easy trail. No climbs, rock scrambling or anything. Once you set out on the trail it will fork. Going left will take you to a pink building, right will take you to an old truck. Either way the trail meets back up. You will pass the windmill off to the east and continue the rail to the stone marker where Bill Keys killed Worth Bagley. Follow the trail and once it become narrow start looking left and you'll find the mill. Nice little hike for history buffs.
The hike is easy and it is close to the Barker dam trail which makes it a great trail to do when you visit Joshua Tree National Park. the mill is fenced off but I took a quick lool inside anyways, which was awesome.