Mecca Dale Road

based on 5 tracks & routes #88 hike out of 96 in
11.3 mi
Distance
7 hrs 30 min
Time
terrain
1,079 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate one way trail in Joshua Tree National Park.


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OC-WK2 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Old Dale Road to Brooklyn Mine Junction - Joshua Tree National Park
Old Dale Road is a popular destination for off-roaders of all levels in Joshua Tree National Park. For the GPS tracking, please check out he GaiaGPS link at the bottom. This section of Old Dale Road starts in Joshua Tree National Park and ends at the Brooklyn Mine Junction. Between these two points, Old Dale Road is an easy dirt road with some washboarding and shallow sand. Most vehicles with AWD or 4x4Hi should have no problem getting to the Brooklyn Mine Junction. Two-wheel drive or low-clearance vehicles will get stuck in the sand. About half a mile before the Junction, there is the Sunrise MIll, a cool historic site with some abandoned mining equipment and building-foundations. Past Brooklyn Mine Junction, Old Dale Road becomes more difficult. As you climb into the Pinto Mountains, the road starts to get rocky and uneven. Low-clearance vehicles will start to have problems. Trucks and Jeeps should have no problem, standard SUVs and crossovers (Subaru's) will have to go very slow and possibly stack rocks to get over some obstacles. Unless you are prepared to possibly spend the night, standard SUVs and crossovers (Subaru's) should stay away from the second half of this trail. Check out this link to watch the second half of Old Dale Road/Gold Crown Road **Coming Soon** A right turn at the junction will take you down Brooklyn Mine Jeep Trail, which is even harder than Old Dale Road. While most high clearance vehicles with 4x4Hi can make it to the first couple mines, only high-clearance, short-wheelbase, 4x4Lo with lockers vehicles should attempt the last part of the trail: a loop to the Brooklyn Mine. Check out this link to watch the Brooklyn Mine Jeep Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp6Ff2XdUX4
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MountainBaker 9 months, 1 week ago