The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park

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5/5 (4 reviews)
Inyokern, California (Kern County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022
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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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5/5 (4)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail itself is super easy, but the mine makes it 100% worth it. Super cool inside, it's a lot larger than I expected. Definitely bring a flashlight and check it out!
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/20/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

One of my favorite spots to end a trail run in Red Rock Canyon! The trail is easy enough but towards the mine you will encounter a little more rocky sections where clearance will be your friend. Great spot to have lunch and escape the hot day in the summer. It was nice and cool this time we visited
Trail Review: The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park - Joe
Trail Review: The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park - Joe
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2020

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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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/14/2019

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.
Trail Review: The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park - Joe
Trail Review: The Dutch Cleanser Mine - Red Rock State Park - Joe
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