Reward Mine

Reward Mine, Independence: Hours, Address, Reward Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Reward Mine
4.5
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Aaron C
6 contributions
Awesome experience!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Short drive from the 395, trail does get a bit hairy closer to the mine but an experienced driver with descent clearance can make it in a 2 wheel drive. Outside temp was 108 but the mine was nice and cool so don’t let that stop you.
Written July 5, 2021
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James A
3 contributions
Awesome mine, but you MUST be prepared!!
May 2021
This mine is awesome! Just make sure you are prepared!! You must have a good off-road car to get close to the mine. Otherwise, you will have to park at the base of the mountains and hike your way up. I tried to go up one of the roads up the hill, but I started burning rubber and falling backward! Thankfully I made it to a pull-off and hiked the rest of the way up. Be aware! The hike is STEEP, HOT, and RUGGED, but if you can do it there are EXTENSIVE mines to explore! Beware! It can be dangerous so be very careful, but if you are careful and in decent shape and have plenty of supplies (water, FLASHLIGHTS!) you will have an awesome time. :)
Written May 26, 2021
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Bart M
5 contributions
Interesting piece of history
Apr 2019 • Family
I’ve always wanted to go here after reading about it in a book on Highway Route 395. It says you can physically drive your car into this mine, which I don’t doubt, but getting your car up there is another story. We have a Toyota Land Cruiser and I only felt comfortable taking it within a quarter-mile of the mine entrance. We hiked the rest of the way in, which was fine. One thing we didn’t bring were flashlights. This was a mistake. Instead, we use our cell phone flashlights, but I only feel comfortable going in a short way past the entrance. The view of the opposing mountains from the bluff of the entrance is spectacular. We went mid April, so there was plenty of snow on the mountain peaks. Quite a view. If you have the vehicle, take an hour out of your drive home and visit this man made wonder. The entire family throughly enjoyed the excursion, and all felt it was the perfect finish to the trip.
Written April 25, 2019
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Pioneer736675
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
Journey to the center of the earth
Sep 2018 • Couples
What a fun off road side trip , there are lots of mine ruins around that are fun to explore .
Four wheel drive is kind of a must if you really want to get up to mine itself and driving in is a scary blast of a time . If you find the mine opening you gotta drive in , finding it is more then half the fun .
Written September 27, 2018
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GHJ2013
Minden, NV38 contributions
A piece of mining history that you can drive into... if your 4X4 will fit!
Jun 2017
The Reward Mine is an abandoned gold/silver mine located in the foot of the mountains east of the Owens River, between Lone Pine, CA and Independence, CA. The crossings over the Owens River and LA Aqueduct can be made with many 2 wheel drive vehicles, but the final approach to the mine's main adit is definitely 4X4 territory. Not terribly rough 4X4 territory though, our stock 2006 Chevy Tahoe with all-season tires made it without scraping anything. There are level places to camp both at the main portal and before the final approach. If your vehicle will fit into the portal, you can drive a considerable distance into the mine's main drift - our Tahoe would have been a tight fit and seeing the rock bolts protruding from the ceiling, I decided not to risk it. A Wrangler, Cherokee or similar size 4X4 would be a good fit, and once our current project Cherokee XJ is up to par, we'll be doing that. You'll find that while there are good places to stay in Lone Pine, the prices during the hiking season tend towards the ridiculous.
Written February 4, 2018
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kelster2
Fallbrook, CA2 contributions
Must have 4 wheel - do not attempt with out
May 2016 • Friends
From 395 - take manzanar rd towards the Inyo mtnsw..at the end, stay left and take road up and around the corner...road is extremely rocky and you better hope you don't run into another vehicle as there is no turn around. Recommend a jeep or other atv vehicle. We went up in our Polaris ranger. Once you get to end of narrow rocky road you will see the mine opening on the left. There is another narrow road near the mine opening . Do not attempt...it is very narrow and steep and about half way up road is closed by a rock slide...you will have to back down which is dangerous for even the most experienced driver ...one side is canyon wall and other is sheer drop off off 100 + ft... be careful
Written May 29, 2016
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gbreetz
Denver, CO94 contributions
Might be really cool
Mar 2016 • Family
But could not find it - but driving around the area was certainly fun and interesting. My son and I enjoyed hiking up to the old equipment which was visible.
Written March 28, 2016
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Glenn Y
Los Angeles, CA158 contributions
Truly Rewarding Drive
Oct 2015 • Friends
This place located south of Independence,Ca across from the Manzanar Historical Monument. To find it you will need some patience and SUV, preferable 4WD because of driving uphill on gravel road. There is no sighs how to get there. GPS location will take you to the remains of the equipment but this is not the entrance which is on other side of the hill. Once inside the mine you can park your car and do some exploration on foot. I DO RECOMMEND to do it with some one else , not alone.
Written November 11, 2015
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Reward Mine is open:
  • Mon - Mon 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM