Desert Queen Mine and Wash is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twenty-nine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.
Joshua Tree National Park hiking trails are not marked at all. We got lost and ended up hiking over several ridges where we ended up back into civilization at Split Rock. We then had to ask for a ride back to Queen's Mine Trail. Bring plenty of water. Would never hike any trails in Joshua Tree again.
Cool hike. I did not see another person on my hike. You can see some old mining stuff. I enjoyed it.
Good trail, but the best part was entering the mines through a hole in the grate covering the entrance. Take a headlamp.
Beautiful area--lots of interesting mining equipment and shafts. The wash is absolutely beautiful! Go past the giant boulders on the right as you go in and you enter a beautiful microclimate of cooler air and scrubby oak trees. Look up to see the erosion on the high rocks. This spot was very special and will remain with me for a long time. Bring water. Hike is not hard but you don't want to go without water.
This is an easy trek. As you head up the trail from parking lot you will see the ruins of the stone house on the right.**mentioned in previous reviews. Head towards it and follow the trail down from there( it's much easier than the one below the plaque at the overlook.
I loved this hike. Hadn't been out in awhile, and some of the views literally almost brought tears to my eyes. There are two legs to this hike. The trail actually runs up along the top of the ridge to end at a sign overlooking the wash and the mines. If you keep your eyes open, on the way along the trail to the right you will see the remains of an old house. Follow the trail in front of the house and down into the canyon. The trail will take you into the wash, then up along the side of the wash right up to the mine entrances, which are fenced off. There is a lot of downhill on this second portion, but it is worth it.
Trail is actually only about 2.5 miles out and back. Lots of cool things to see here. Old mining equipment and lots of mine shafts. The trail is full of loose rocks so be very careful. Good for all skill levels. I wouldn't mind doing it again when I have more time to explore.