Salt Spring Hills

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Salt Spring Hills
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Salt Spring Hills, San Bernardino County, California.
Highest point
Elevation 928 ft (283 m)
Salt Spring Hills is located in California
Salt Spring Hills
location of Salt Spring Hills in California [1]
Country United States
State California
Region Mojave Desert
District San Bernardino County
Range coordinates 35°38′37.895″N 116°16′18.079″W / 35.64385972°N 116.27168861°W / 35.64385972; -116.27168861Coordinates: 35°38′37.895″N 116°16′18.079″W / 35.64385972°N 116.27168861°W / 35.64385972; -116.27168861
Topo map USGS Saddle Peak Hills

The Salt Spring Hills are a low mountain range in the Mojave Desert, in northern San Bernardino County, California.[1] They are just outside the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park, southeast of the Saddle Peak Hills. The road south from Shoshone to Baker passes through the hills.


From 1831 to 1848, the Old Spanish Trail passed through the hills near Amargosa Spring.[2]:10–11

In 1849, when Jefferson Hunt led a Mormon party of several wagons down the Old Spanish Trail to Los Angeles, they camped at Salt Spring on Salt Creek. Some of the party discovered gold in the creek and traced it to a quartz vein in the nearby hills. The Salt Spring Hills were named for Salt Spring, on the Mormon Road that passed just west of the hills, where the gold was first found. This discovery which became known once the party reached the Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, set off the first gold rush in the Mojave Desert. Several mining companies attempted to mine the hills in the early 1850s.[3]

See also[edit]

Other ranges in the local area include the: