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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great views! Easy and fun.
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.