Future Trips

Here we list trips scheduled by the Desert Explorers for the near and distant future. Also listed are some trips that are organized and led by our members but which do not require membership in the Mojave River Valley Museum (MRVM) and are, therefore, not MRVM-sponsored Desert Explorer trips.

Some trips, such as those involving stays at private residences or visits to obscure rock art sites, are posted only in the Desert Explorers' Newsletter. Conversely, some impromptu trips will be posted here and not in the Newsletter.

All trip participants will be required to sign our waiver.

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.

Please email Nelson Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you plan to attend so I will know how many vehicles to expect. I can also send you some articles from Desert Magazine about this area.