If you have ever driven on Gold Crown Road between Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park, you probably noticed the long, steep, narrow, winding road that goes up over 1,000 feet on the mountain between the Supply Mine and the OK Mine. At the top of the mountain, should you dare to drive up, you would find the Jupiter Mine and the Goldstone Mine.
This road is trail JT1979 and we have avoided it for years. Not only is it a long, steep, narrow shelf-road that rises over 1,000 feet above the basin, but where the road is located, and because from the start it curves around the mountain and you cannot see it, it is impossible to know just how narrow or rocky it is – and it there is no way to know if the road is passable. You can tell from a distance that it is a shelf road that is narrow with no place to turn around – so if you drive up and hit a spot that is washed-out, you have to back down.
We finally found someone with enough guts to drive up JT1979 so we can all see whats up there! Watch the video below to see the drive up.