Back in 2006, we met up with a few old friends: Wild Bill, Lewis, Cat, Micah,
Snow Nymph, Desert Mouse, Dan, Brian and family, for this hike to a forgotten and seldom visited mine camp. We stayed up a little too late the night before having a good time and reminiscing but everyone was smiles the next morning. What a great time we had on this trip!
First worked in the 1860s, the mine was one of the earliest in the district. It had a relatively minor production of silver and was soon overshadowed by its neighbors. These days, mine camp is much more interesting than the mine itself, having a few remaining wooden buildings and pieces of equipment intact.
Waking up from a very fun filled night. Let's just say we are moving slow this morning.
A long distance view of our target today.
The gang is still waking up and pondering a night of partying. We are all smiles though.
Finally on the old road. Micah leads the way.
Brian leads here with Snow Nymph, Desert Mouse and Lewis following.
Micah waits at the first prospect.
The gang, now with Dezdan following.
More of the gang on the old miner's trail. Snow Nymph, Desert Mouse, Lewis, Dezdan, Cat and Bill are back there.
We follow along the base of a cliff.
Snow Nymph poses at a rock arch someone made.
Desert Mouse at the arch.
Finally the mine camp comes into view.
And quite a view they had. A bit hazy on this day though.
We come across an open stope for the mine. We had to stay clear of this.
A look into the mine. Note the native timber rail ties and steel on wood rails also called "strap rail".
Resting after the hike up.
Winze down to lower workings.
Back outside, we take a look around the camp.
Dezdan finds the ruins of a stone cabin.
Canvas still hangs on the walls. That is very rare to see anymore. Wire mattress in the foreground.
Ruined mine workshop.
Entry door on the top floor of the bunkhouse.
Micah peeks in.
View of the vast desert out the window.
Cat at the bunkhouse cabin.
Brian and Micah check out some equipment.
Vertical compressor. A rare find.
Snow Nymph, Desert Mouse and Lewis poking around the workshop.
Lewis and the girls being silly.
Another adit. Note the compressor tank in the rock wall.
Micah takes in the view.
Mine camp view.
Inside a bedroom: Wire mattress beds, canvas on the walls, and cabinet.
House and view.
We find the remains of a cabin up higher.
We start making our way back.
We spot a few yellow flowers of an Old Man Cactus (Opuntia erinacea) along the trail.
Hiking out. What a fun time we had!
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