Wall Street Mill Trail

EASY 22 reviews
#17 of 78 trails in

Wall Street Mill Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, 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 October.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
111 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

It's ok, not the most exciting hike in the world by any means. We visited in July, so obviously super hot, but do-able, as this was a pretty short trail. As long as you bring water, you're fine. The walk out to the mill is very sandy, sometimes you're trudging along on some very heavy sand, which makes things a bit more difficult. Not a lot of shade. This is one of the few trails you can do here in the summer heat, as it's not long. We only saw one other person on this hike.

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hiking
8 months ago

This is a very flat trail that runs through the Wonderland Wash and has little diversity in terms of biology or geology. And the Wall Street Mill was a bit of a disappointment. Visible from a distance by way of a very tall windmill used as a water pump (we think), the site was easy to spot but not very photogenic or informative.

More interesting was a side trail that led to an abandoned building that was quite large at one point. It's hard to miss because it is ... HOT PINK! It is easily visible from the main trail. There was no information on site, but an online search after the hike indicated it was the remains of a rather large ranch called the 'Wonderland Ranch.' Some very demanding Steller's Jays were hoping we would drop some food, but we were careful not to encourage their dependency.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

This was a great trail to get up close and personal with history. We went in December, during a period of unprecedented levels of visitation, so this trail was packed.

The trailhead is shared with the Barker Dam trail. There is a parking lot and vault toilet. The beginning is somewhat poorly marked, but we found our way without too many detours. In fact this trail will take you past the wonderland of rocks so additional detours might be preferable!

The trail is easy. You pass the Bagley stone, which I was upset to see has been taken down temporarily due to vandalism. You pass several old cars, building material, and a windmill, all with quite a patina, before even reaching the mill. I was also sad to see a family whose dad (I assume) was letting the college-aged kids climb all over the windmill. The mill itself was cordoned off, but the rest unfortunately was not.

The trail also winds thru Joshua trees galore and beautiful vegetation. Oh also be sure to check out the bullet holes on the car furthest back!

All in all, this was a great trail, which I personally would've enjoyed more with less people.

hiking
9 months ago

The hike itself is flat and unexciting. However, it's defiantly worth the short walk to see the Mill and explore it, along with the old pickup trucks and other structures.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy hike. Make sure you check out the Wonderland Ranch. Some parts of this trail is heavy sand but makes the calves burn. This is a recommend hike and a hike I will do again.

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11 months ago

Great views! Easy and fun.

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11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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.