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Home / Mojave bicycle-camping trips / 2008: Mojave National Preserve Mountain-Bike Camping and Hike / Day 5: Afternoon hike to an old mine site in the Bighorn Basin hills, Mojave National Preserve /

Apparently, a lot of water (and rocks) from the mountains runs down this wash during the wetter months. This must have hindered access to the old mine up on the mountainside.

Apparently, a lot of water (and rocks) from the mountains runs down this wash during the wetter months. This must have hindered access to the old mine up on the mountainside. One very small pool of water remains between some rocks in Devil's Playground Wash right now; it's otherwise dry down hereThumbnailsAs I climb up the other side, I look over to the hill that I just descendedOne very small pool of water remains between some rocks in Devil's Playground Wash right now; it's otherwise dry down hereThumbnailsAs I climb up the other side, I look over to the hill that I just descendedOne very small pool of water remains between some rocks in Devil's Playground Wash right now; it's otherwise dry down hereThumbnailsAs I climb up the other side, I look over to the hill that I just descendedOne very small pool of water remains between some rocks in Devil's Playground Wash right now; it's otherwise dry down hereThumbnailsAs I climb up the other side, I look over to the hill that I just descendedOne very small pool of water remains between some rocks in Devil's Playground Wash right now; it's otherwise dry down hereThumbnailsAs I climb up the other side, I look over to the hill that I just descended

The lower part of the road here is quite steep, but it was presumably the best route the miners could carve out of such rugged surroundings.