Take a high clearance dirt road off of the Greenwater Valley Road to the quiet site of a tent city.
|Total Distance: 4.0 miles point-to-point (dead end)||Elevation Gain: 1,582ft. up, 4ft. down (3,480ft. to 5,057ft.)|
|Road Difficulty: 1.8 (high clearance required)||Bicycle Difficulty: Very Difficult|
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|Pets: Leashed||Horses: Yes|
|Best Seasons: October-May||Special Permits: None|
|Water Availability: None||Overnight Options: Yes|
|Amenities: None||Crowd Factor: Solitude|
Mile-by-Mile: Furnace Townsite Road
0.0 Furnace Townsite Road Junction on the Greenwater Valley Road (3,480ft.). Turn south onto the road to the townsite of Furnace. The road travels through scrubland. (36.235353°, -116.637157°)
1.8 Greenwater Townsite Road (North) Junction on left (east) (4,030ft.). Take the right fork to continue southwest (not south, which would take you over toward the townsite of Greenwater). (36.211171°, -116.650249°)
3.5 Greenwater Townsite Road (South) Junction on left (east) (4,768ft.). Take the right fork to continue south. The sideroad would also take you to the Greenwater Townsite. (36.191456°, -116.664876°)
3.7 Road split (4,909ft.). You want to take the left fork. The right fork goes high into the mountains. About 0.2 miles later, the road splits again. You can go either way as both will take you up to the townsite. (36.188626°, -116.667868°)
4.0 Furnace Townsite (5,057ft.). Explore respectfully and be careful of open audits. The road continues up to more audits. (36.187253°, -116.671430°)
History & More
The town of Furnace was created as part of the Greenwater mining boom near the Furnace Creek copper mine.
A post office was established in Furnace in 1907 under the direction of Mr. Sidney Norman, but it closed less than a year later. Strangely, the USPS doesn’t have records showing that the office existed.
Most of the “buildings” in Furnace were nothing more than tents. Very little remains to remind visitors of the town that once sat here besides some boards, cans, other debris, and a few mine shafts.
In February of 1907, it was reported that the town of Furnace had a population of 500. Most of the men worked at the Furnace Creek Mines.
The town of Furnace was abandoned as the miners moved to more up-and-coming towns like Greenwater and Ramsey.
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