Tag: Hiking Trails

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

In the foothills above the affluent San Jose suburb of Almaden Valley lies dozens of mercury mines and the ruins from nearly 140 years of mining operations. The area features several furnaces, dozens of shafts, bunk houses, offices, equipment, railroad…

North Fork Mine

The North Fork Mine was worked from 1875 to the 1930’s with a 13 degree shaft 1000′ long and a crosscut 1000′ long and 3 levels of inclines producing up to $6000 a week, over 50,000 oz of gold. All…

Dawn Mine

The Dawn Mine Trail was a popular  moderate 2.2 mile hike past Millard Falls up to Dawn Mine but the trail was closed and fenced by forest service due to a 2009 fire. In 2011 hikers began reaching the mine through a more…

El Cariso

Located along the 1 mile El Cariso Nature trail is an abandoned mine with an unsealed entrance. A favorite spot among hikers and an easy hike. Access to the El Cariso Trail head is behind the USFS visitors center on…

Plumas Eureka State Park

The Plumas-Eureka State Park consist of the Plumas-Eureka (Mohawk) Stamp Mill, the museum built in the old miners barracks, the Eureka Tunnell, nearby Jamisin City and mine, and the town of Johnsville. Tours are offered but the state website does not mention…

Jamison Mine (Jamison City)

A popular hiking destination located within Plumas-Eureka State Park. The Jamison was a top producer that once yielded a 52lb nugget. The mine site is also known as Jamison City. Within the valley are the Eureka Tunnel, the Mohawk Mill…

El Dorado Mine

The El Doarado Mine is located at the northern edge of the Whiskytown National Recreation Area. The nps.gov site makes no mention of the mine so it is tough to find history. The mine is a popular hiking destination and…

Blue Light Mine

The Blue Light Mine has a fascinating yet grim history. Brothers Nicholas and Glen Anderson entered the mine in 2002 and never made it out. Notorius for low oxygen and nautious gasses, the mine was entered by seven divers who…

May Lundy Mine

The “May Lundy Mine” is located at 11,000 ft on the east side of Mt. Scowden near the Tioga Crest. I doubt anyone has been up there for many years. It operated from 1879 to 1885 and then off and…

Don Alvadore Mine

Not much info is out there on this mine other than production data from the late 1800’s, early 1900’s and a few pictures. The mine’s claim to fame is its working ore cart. It looks old and rusty but it…

Big Bell Mine

The Big Bell Mine (Death Valley) is located in the Chloride Cliffs between Chloride City and the Keane Wonder Mine. Most certainly named after the Big Bell in Australia. This mine as well as Keane are currently closed by the…

Keane Wonder Mine & Mill

The Keane Wonder Mine (Death Valley) was discovered by Jack Keane in the early 1900’s along the Chloride Cliffs below Chloride City. In 1906 investors made the mine a major gold mine and one of the most productive in Death…

Lost Horse Mine – Joshua Tree National Park

This Southern California gold mine located in Joshua Tree National Park has been plugged with expanding foam then covered with dirt. But the original stamp mill exist in its original state and in good condition. The hike is moderate and…

Eagle Mine

There were hundreds of “Eagle” mines in the West but this is the real deal. So close to the millions of residents of LA county but so remote it has rarely been photographed. Apparently a very long and grueling trail-less…

Big Horn Mine

Discovered in 1895 by Tom Vincent the Big Horn Mine was named after the sheep he was hunting. He sold the mine and it was worked for many years. The old stamp mill building still stands but I’m not sure…

Castaic Mine (Castic Mine)

The Castaic Mine is perhaps one of the most infamous LA area gold mines. It is here that legendary gold mine explorer Hugh Blanchard met his death. Property owners next to the mine allege that the mine is on their…

Stamp Mill at Greenhorn Park

Greenhorn Park has a ball mill; an arrastra, which is a primitive mill used to grind gold or silver ore; a stamp mill; a blacksmith shop; and a carriage building. The equipment and structures are from all over the county…

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