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Black Eagle Mine Road

Beginning Elevation: 2,484 Feet (774.3 Meters) Pinto Basin Road
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 884 Feet (275.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 17 Miles (28.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 226
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall


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General Description

Black Eagle Mine Road begins along Pinto Basin Road six and a half miles north of Cottonwood Visitor Center. The road leads along the eastern end of Pinto Basin for approximately four and a half miles before entering the Eagle Mountains. This first section of the road descends slightly then remains even for the last miles within the park boundary. At approximately nine miles from Pinto Basin Road, Black Eagle Mine Road leaves Joshua Tree National Park and enters BLM land. As it crosses the boundary the road begins to gain elevation slightly. Once within BLM lands drivers will notice several spur roads. To reach the Black Eagle Mine continue driving on the main route eastward. The length of the road is approximately 17 miles.

Directions from Cottonwood Visitor Center: Follow Pinto Basin Road 6.5 miles northward to Black Eagle Mine Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round (NOTE: The road may be closed during the Winter months due to wet conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Stephen Vallely (El Cajon, CA)
Time of Day: afternoon
Length of Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: wonderful, easy 4 wheel drive road for 1st timers. It is a little sandy in some spots. Nothing really tough on this road, lots of side roads. I didn't explore them all.
Conditions: The road was a little wet in spots since it had snowed in the upper elevations of the park, but most of the mud was gone. There are a couple of drop offs, about 12 to 16 inches as you enter and exit a couple of washes. There are a couple of spots where there is shade, but not much.
Water Availability: We had a gallon each in our Camelback's plus a 6 gallon jug of water. It was more than enough. It is always good to carry too much water than not have enough. There are no water sources along the road. So be prepared. We also took some MRE's with us, just in case.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Black Eagle Mine Road
Yes



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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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