Rattlesnake Canyon, Mines,Cabins & Springs
Saturday, December 8, 2018 Leader: Nelson Miller
We will drive up the beautiful, twisty Rattlesnake Canyon on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains and see Charles McClure’s claims, who rediscovered old Spanish workings and mined in the Viscera Springs area from 1941 to about 1960. There are also a number of cabins, a windmill, and some other assorted mines, and perhaps a Spanish smelter.
Meet at the Lucerne Valley Market, 32946 State Highway 18, Lucerne Valley at 9:00 a.m. The market is at the northeast corner of Barstow Road and Highway 18, just a quarter mile south of Barstow Road and Old Woman Springs Road (where Highway 247 makes a 90 degree bend.) There is a good map and Bill Mann’s books at the market. We will be seeing some of the sites in Volume 6, Guide to Big Bear. If you want to pick them up, please arrive early. If you are coming from the east, we can arrange to meet you at the Rattlesnake Canyon turn-off, which is 18.5 miles east of Old Woman Springs Road.
The mining area is 5,500 to 6,000 feet elevation, so depending on the weather, it may be chilly. Rain will cancel, but usually will not get rain here, even if it rains in Los Angeles.
I intend to return to pavement at Baldwin Lake, which is just east of Big Bear Lake, before 5:00 p.m.