That Other Scary Looking Road In Joshua Tree – Helicross Mine Road

Not far from Gold Crown Road, across from the big “mud pit” area, is Helicross Mine Road. This is another one of those roads that can be seen from miles away because it climbs so high on the mountain.

Hellicross Mine Road is about 1.8 miles long from the bottom and ends at a large mine, that although according to the USGS, is not “the” Helicross Mine, we believe it is related to the actual main Helicross Mine which is at the bottom of the road, closer to Gold Crown Road. We refer to this mine as the “Upper Helicross Mine”.

The road to the Upper Helicross Mine is mostly shelf-road, is very narrow, and has only one turnaround/passing area about mid-way up. There are a few very rock spots and several sections with small loose rocks. Although technically not a very difficult road, it will keep your attention the entire way up.

The GPS coordinates to the start of the road at the base of the mountain are: 34°00’56.9″N 115°42’21.3″W / 34.015803, -115.705910

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