Reward Mine

5/5 (18 reviews)
Lone Pine, California (Inyo County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022

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If you are looking for something you have never done before, something that many people say is in their top 5 trails of all times. Then The Reward Mine should be the next stop for you. Laying in the shadows of Mount Whitney (2nd Tallest Mountain in the United States), the Reward Mine is very different than your traditional mine. Why you may ask, the reason is that one section of the mine is large enough for you to drive inside and go farther than a half mile while driving inside. Meaning, you can explore a large portion of the mine inside your vehicle. Thus, it takes mine exploration to a whole new but scary level. The good or bad about this trail is it is off the Highway 395 near Lone Pine. Meaning it isn't close to any major city, but it is along the route to Alabama Hills, The Rubicon, Mammoth, and a lot of other common places people go off-roading at. So if you are passing through the area, or just want one ultimate memory that you will never forget. Check out The Reward Mine as see for yourself why this is in my Top 5 Trails in California, maybe in the U.S..

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (18)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/16/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail is at least moderate, there are a number of off-camber areas but nothing too difficult. The trail gets 3 stars, nothing super interesting about it, but the mine itself gets a 5 for the unique factor. There were no other vehicles the whole way up and down, only a rancher with his horse trailer tending to the herd of cows nearby. I'd hesitate to bring anything without high-clearance to the trail. The mine itself is creepy as heck but definitely not to be missed. There is a large open area with a fire ring right outside the cave for camping. Nice view which overlooks the valley below and the mountain range across the way.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/15/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty awesome run because really - when was the last time you drove into a MINE?! I ran this in a stock Sahara and had no trouble. While I was there a couple of guys in a Subaru tried to get up the road and couldn’t make it. Ford F-150 FX4 got up the trail no problem but skipped going into the mine because of low ceiling concerns. All in all good fun!
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

When in the area, you stop at the mine. Great time.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/08/2021

Put this on your list of "To-Do"!!! The trail itself is definitely on the moderate side now as it has gotten rockier and more dug out. Still doable in all 4wd vehicles with high clearance but 2wd is now questionable. The mine is awesome, temperature drop is immediate once you enter which was nice cause it was about 100 outside. Such a gem in the middle of nowhere right off the 395.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/09/2020

I would say this trail is more on the moderate side. Upper part has bigger rocks for cars on stock set ups, with a spotter you can get by.

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