Wall Street Mill, Joshua Tree CA

• 5-star hike
• 2.2 mile out-and-back
• Easy difficulty | Gain 90 feet
• Twentynine Palms, CA | Joshua Tree National Park
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

Abandoned Wall Street Mill at the end of the trail is mostly still intact
The abandoned stamp mill at trail's end is mostly still intact.

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We'd recommend the trail to Wall Street Mill as the best short trail in the park. Take a picturesque stroll between rocky outcroppings along the flat desert floor, passing historic ruins of mans' attempts to live in and off this arid landscape.

The one mile out-and-back trail leads you past a windpump, an argument leading to a shoot-out, and ultimately to a small preserved depression-era stamp mill. Local prospectors would commission Bill Keys' stamp mill to crush and grind their rocks into a slurry using a two-step process, so it can be separated into gold and mine tailings.

On the route you'll happen across a modern metal replacement for a stone monument that was originally placed here and is now in the Joshua Tree park museum. The monument was placed in this location by the mill owner Bill Keys as a warning, after an altercation and shooting over a property dispute. The law sentenced Keys to five years imprisonment but later received a full pardon.

Wall Street Mill

Wall Street Mill 5★
2.2 mi, Out & Back, Easy, Gain 90 ft
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At the mill site you can also check out other historic equipment and a motor vehicle rotting away in the desert sun. More derelicts can be found on your return trip just to the north of the main trail - we've included a detour to these in our trail map. While you're out here in the desert, keep an eye out for wild bighorn sheep that roam the area.

This is a very popular hike, so we'd suggest making it a first priority in the park. We'd also recommend combining this with the Barker Dam Nature Trail hike that leads off from the same parking lot.

A metal monument to a desert showdown.

Ruins of a desert dwelling.

Abandoned mining equipment from the depression era.

Workings of the stamp mill. From the park's interpretive sign.

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