Know Before You Go
From the US-101, take exit 211 to merge onto CA-58 E towards Santa Margarita. Stay on CA-58 E until it becomes Pozo Road. Ten more miles up the road, you will see the Rinconada Trailhead sign on the right. There are two trails. Take the one on the right. It's unmarked, but clearly a trail. Most GPS devices will accept Rinconada Mercury Mine as a destination. The area offers a lovely view of the woods below and is a photographic joy. Local photographers often document the site and the ever-changing art. The two levels of machinery are accessible and a thrill to safely climb. The experienced climber can climb the rise behind the processing equipment for entry, but it is not advised.