Bickel Camp

This depression-era mining camp was founded by Walt Bickel in 1934. Walt mined placer gold in the area using unique tools and methods he experimented with and perfected. He kept busy by studying astronomy, edible plants, geology, and the archaeology of this fascinating area in the El Paso Mountains. He wasn’t often lonely, with over 40 cats for company and “to keep them rodents down!” Visitors can get a glimpse into the past, as Bickel Camp has since been turned into a museum site, with much of the equipment of the day remaining for all to see.

You can find this Discovery Point via GPS at N35.4361, W117.8867, or in section H-10 with the Jawbone Canyon OHV Map.

Jawbone Canyon, CA
Jawbone Canyon, CA
8:20 pm, Jun 12, 2024
temperature icon 82°F
clear sky
Humidity 18 %
Pressure 1013 mb
Wind 20 mph
Wind Gust Wind Gust: 26 mph
Clouds Clouds: 0%
Visibility Visibility: 0 mi
Sunrise Sunrise: 5:38 am
Sunset Sunset: 8:07 pm

Dedicated to Ed Waldheim

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