The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park

Inyokern, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 01/30/2018
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1 miles
Highest Elevation: 2779 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Inyokern
Nearest Town w/ Services: Inyokern
Official Road Name: Dutch Cleanser Mine
Management Agency: Red Rock State Park
District: Red Rock State Park
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Highlight: The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park
Once a household item, The Old Dutch Cleanser was an item you could find at almost any store or home. Used to clean everything from sinks to stoves to tubs, this pumicite cleaning agent was the most popular scrubbing agent at the time. Today the Dutch Cleanser Mine, closed back in 1947, is a step back in history when the owners of the mine seemingly disappeared overnight. As you travel up the road to the mine, you will be surprised by how much of the pumicite was left behind. If you are daring, you can enter the mine and explore the many shafts of which are still full of the pumicite and materials used to mine it.



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1. Trailhead to Dutch Cleanser Mine (0 mi)
The trail splits off a 4-way dirt road and heads southeast.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.447054, -117.928534

Starting Point: Randsburg, CA

From Highway 14 near Red Rock State Park. Exit Redrock Inyokern Road and head east for 2.7 miles where you will turn right (Southeast) on a dirt road. Take this dirt road 1.3 miles to the trailhead which is a 4-way dirt road intersection.


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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
If you're exploring Red Rock Canyon State Park you must check out this mine. Especially if it's hot out. The mines are nice and cool. This is one of the most interesting mines that I have explored!
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Offroaded on:
Awesome trail & destination!!! Really easy ride and didn't really need 4WD. The mine was a perfect retreat from the sun & heat. Probably a good 10 degrees cooler inside than it was outside, LOL. Definitely spend some time exploring and bring some lunch cause the view is amazing from the top.

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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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