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Tramp Mine Road
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Tramp Mine Road
Tramp Mine Road
Eastbound Mud Wash Road approaching Tramp Mine Road (view SE)

Overview

Tramp Mine Road is a 4.2-mile spur road off Mud Wash Road that runs more or less due south and ends in a wash below Tramp Mine, which is high on the side of Tramp Ridge. For all intents and purposes, however, the road is 3.7 miles long with a 0.5-mile trail to the end of the old mine road.

The first 3.7 miles are in fairly good condition and might be drivable in a 2WD-HV vehicle, but 4WD is safer when passing washouts. This road provides access to the Tramp Mine area and Bauer Mine area. There are many places to pull off into the desert, but there are not traditional campsites along the road.

Link to map.

Tramp Mine Road
Eastbound Mud Wash Road at Tramp Mine Road (view SE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ... this is a fairly safe road, normally suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles without any unusual hazards until 3.7 miles out. Beyond 3.7 miles, drivers should use 4WD vehicles if only for turning around; use your own good judgement.

This is wild and remote country without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads. Cell phones don't work here.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a remote hike, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

Tramp Mine Road
Merging with east side of triangular intersection (view SE)

Getting to the Road

Tramp Mine Road is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 2.5 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From town, drive out to Gold Butte National Monument, then drive south on the paved Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pocket where the pavement ends. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 7.25 miles to Mud Wash Road, a signed turnoff to Devil's Throat and Red Bluff Spring.

Turn right onto Mud Wash Road and drive southwest for 0.3 miles to a fork in the road. Mud Wash Road continues right, while Devil's Throat Road forks off to the left. Staying right, continue west for another 2.1 or 2.2 miles (two points on a triangular intersection) to Tramp Mine Road, on the left.

Driving east on Mud Wash Road, this is 0.3 and 0.4 miles from where the road leaves the sandy wash portion of Mud Wash Road.

Tramp Mine Road

The Road

From Mud Wash Road (Table 1, Site 1674; the northwest point of the triangle intersection), Tramp Mine Road forks hard to the left and heads south. At about 90 yards out, the other leg of the triangle intersection merges from the left. Together, the road continues southeast.

The fairly smooth road runs southward across a sparsely vegetated landscape, crossing a few minor washes and dodging a few large rocks and bushes that press in from the sides.

At about 0.8 miles out, Tramp Mine Road crosses Bauer Wash, a larger (but still minor) wash that comes down from the Bauer Mine area. This is the northern trailhead for the hike to the Bauer Mine area.

Continuing across the gentle landscape, the road dips to cross a major wash with a firm gravel bed at about 1.6 miles out.

Tramp Mine Road

After running along a bit of a ridge overlooking the wash that was crossed, the road runs out across a flat landscape. At about 2.2 miles out, a nondescript spot on the side of the road serves as the southern trailhead for the Bauer Mine area.

At about 2.6 miles out, the road dips back into the major wash that was crossed earlier. Running up the wash, the road eventually crosses to the other side to run below a rocky hillside (2.8 miles out). The road continues up the broad, braided wash (passing two washouts), and eventually passes a high crag on the right (3.3 miles out) where it begins to feel like a canyon rather than desert flats and washes.

The road continues up the wash, and at about 3.7 miles out, finally leaves the wash and climbs onto the east bank. At 3.9 miles out, the road runs up to a cliff overlooking a deep wash. This is the last good place to park before the road gets quite narrow and turn-arounds become limited, and it is only 0.1 miles (about 300 yards) to a bad washout and the functional end of the road (Site 1858). ATVs and rock-hoppers can continue another 0.5 miles to the end of the road.

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Tramp Mine Road dipping into Bauer Wash (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road at northern Bauer Mine trailhead (view S)
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Bauer Mine Route (view SW from Tramp Mine Road)
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Northern parking for Bauer Mine Route (view S)
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Northern parking for Bauer Mine Route (view SW)
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Tramp Mine Road continues across Bauer Wash (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road dipping into major wash (view S)
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Bottom of major wash (1.6 miles out; view SE)
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Beginning to climb out of major wash (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road continues (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road continues with few rocks (view S)
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Tramp Mine Rd at southern Bauer Mine trailhead (2.2 miles; view S)
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Tramp Mine Road return to the major wash (2.6 miles out; view S)
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Tramp Mine Road in the major wash (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road in the major wash (view S)
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Tramp Mine Road in the major wash (2.8 miles out; view S)
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First washout (view S; 2.9 miles out)
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Returning to the road past the washout (view SE)
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First washout (view SE; 3.0 miles out)
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First washout: too deep to fix with rocks (view SE; 3.0 miles out)
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Easy road (view SE)
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Broad wash approaching rocky crag (3.2 miles out; view SE)
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Crossing to east side of the major wash (view SE)
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Finally exiting the major wash (3.7 miles out; view SE)
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Climbing towards the hills (view SE)
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First piece of metal mining debris (view SE)
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Last good parking (3.9 miles out; view SE)
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Just past last good parking; cliff edge (3.9 miles out; view SE)
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Narrow road above wash bank
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Narrow road above wash bank (view S)
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Between a rock and a hard place (view S)
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Narrow road continues (view S)
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Last option to turn around (view S)
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Between another rock and a hard place (view S)
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Approaching the big washout (view S)
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End of my road (4.0 miles out; view SE)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1674 Mud Wash Rd at Tramp Mine Rd 752656 4036377 36.44120 114.18130 2,101
1858 Tramp Mine Road End 753676 4030418 36.38727 114.17188 3,030

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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