NOTE: This is a desert wilderness area. Use caution and observe the rules:
- Stay on the marked trails
- Carry plenty of water, even in the winter months
- Do not remove or damage the vegetation or rocks
- Hike in pairs if possible
- Notify the ranger if you plan an extended hike
- In summer months, be aware of reptiles, avoid them and they will avoid you
- Red trail is the most commonly used
- Yellow trail leads past cemetery and to overlook
- Green path is nature trail
- Blue is Ash Grove trail
For those who are more adventurous, there are several short walks around the ranch that add to the visit experience. After leaving the ranch house and walking down the driveway to the gate, turn to the left and go up the road for a few yards and on the right one will see the trail head to nature trail. This trail goes uphill at intervals and those with medical problems might not want to take this trail. Keep a sharp eye out for the variety of trees and plants along the path that are typical for the Mojave Desert.
The first of the original structures is the blacksmith shop. Dating back to the early 1860's, this was likely used to make repairs on farming and mining equipment, and fabricate iron fixtures and implements. At first it was only a two sided structure without a roof,but later it was enclosed. The tools inside are not original, but have been donated to render a view of how the shop may have appeared.
A little further up the road is the original Sandstone Cabin and the attached board and batten addition beside it. This was home to the the Wilson family from 1876 to 1975 when the last immediate family members died. Again, this area is only accessible on the guided tour.
The path then ascends to a flat area that leads to the lake. Lake Harriet is usually the end of the walk for most visitors and after circumnavigating the lake and taking in the magnificent views of the sandstone hills and the valley, the return to the parking area is all downhill.
For those more adventurous, there is a path leading from the lake into Sandstone Canyon. As shown on the map, other paths lead to the overlook and the nature trail.