Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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Far left: Off of Emigrant Canyon Road, a scenic paved road that connects Route 190 to Wildrose Canyon Road via 5,318-foot Emigrant Pass, is a rugged dirt road that leads to Skidoo, the site of a gold- mining boom town that flourished for a decade in the early 1900s. According to the National Park Service sign, the town was originally named "23 Skidoo," an early 20th-century slang term that meant "go away," but the postal service refused to accept "23" as part of the name. Nothing remains of the town except small bits of rusted metal and broken glass scattered on the ground, but if you take Skidoo Road to the end you'll see the ruins of a stamp mill that was used to crush ore. Clinging precariously to a steep hillside, the mill is closed to the public. Left: Peering into one of the many abandoned mine shafts near Skidoo. Below: Leaving Skidoo, with the Panamint Mountains in the background. www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 39 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02

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