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Reward Mine

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Bart M wrote a review Apr 2019
5 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Pioneer736675 wrote a review Sep 2018
Los Angeles, California20 contributions36 helpful votes
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 .
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Date of experience: September 2018
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GHJ2013 wrote a review Feb 2018
Minden, Nevada38 contributions38 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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kelster2 wrote a review May 2016
Fallbrook, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: May 2016
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gbreetz wrote a review Mar 2016
Denver, Colorado95 contributions44 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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