Defense Mine/ Cummings Cutoff

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Defense Mine
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Trail Information
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Part of: Panamint Valley
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Terrain: Rocky Desert Ledges
Off-Road Use: Limited Access
Difficulty: Moderate Moderate.gif
County: Inyo, CA
Nearest Cities: Panamint Springs, CA
Map Links: Google Map
Satellite Map: Google Satellite
Special Map: Google Earth Hybrid
GPS Start: 36.124339,-117.346176
GPS End: 36.236416,-117.434934
Google Earth:
Climate: 7 Day Forecast


Panmint Valley is located on the Western edge of Death Valley, the ghost town of Ballarat is located in the Panamint Valley about three miles east of Trona Road, near Happy Canyon. The valley provides vantage points to view low altitude military aircraft operations. Best known for Barker Ranch, the last hideout of Charles Manson it is located at the southern end of the valley off Goler Canyon Road. Most of the Ranch was burned down in 2009. The area was also has numerous abandoned mining towns throughout the valley, but there are also still active sites operating in the valley. The California Association of 4WD Clubs hosts an annual event every November called Panamint Valley Days and run the mine trails mild to wild during the event. This is a great time to get out there and explore the area with their excellent club guides, they get you there and back since no one is left behind.


Directions From Slate Range Camping Area

Driving directions to Defense Mine Via Slate Range Rd

Head northeast on Slate Range Rd toward Panamint Valley Rd 4.1 mi Turn left onto Panamint Valley Rd 6.1 mi Turn left onto Minietta Rd 3.6 mi Continue onto Nadeau Rd 0.3 mi Turn left onto Thompson Canyon Rd 0.8 mi Turn left 0.4 mi Turn left 0.3 mi arrive at Defense Mine

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