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Mastodon Peak Loop

Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  This is a relativly easy hike. Lots of desert plants and flowers to see along with beautiful views. On clear days you can see the... more »

Tips:  I recommend doing this hike couter clockwise as the northern section is a sandy wash. Easier downhill than up.
Where a hat, sunscreen... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Palm tree oasis

This palm oasis is located at the beginning of the trail. Located near the oasis is a remnant from the area's brief gold rush, a mule driven stone mill used to crush ore. As you begin hiking out of the oasis there are morteros(round holes in rocks used by the Cahuilla Indians to chush grains).

2. Peak

The trail leads you near the peak. Follow an interpretive path to the North around the back side where with a little bit of boulder scrambling you can reach the peak. From the peak are views of Salton Sea to the south, Cottonwood Mountain to the west, and Eagle Mountains to the northeast.

3. old mine

The ruins of Mastodon mine. Originally started in 1934. The mine consists of an inclined shaft depth of 45 feet. Ore was reported to have averaged $40 per ton in gold. Mastodon mine was owned by the Hulsey family until 1971 when the property was acquired by the National Park Service. There is no access to the mine shaft but lots of interesting... More