This is a more modern mine out in Death Valley probably worked for lead or antimony. It has two tramways and a few ore buckets still on-site. Getting up to the mine is a challenge. There is one dry fall to climb up.
Hiking into the canyon
We find a broken and half buried ore car in the wash
We find a loading area for the mine in the wash.
Drake and Boxy
Drake looks up at the tram tower 800 ft above us.
It’s up there somewhere
If you look close you might be able to see a tiny A-frame near the center.
These stairs have seen better days.
Tram cable up to the mine
These stairs are in better condition
Back into the canyon
The canyon tightens up
We see a short dry fall ahead
It’s an easy climb up
This dry fall is more challenging and requires someone with rock climbing skills.
Once up the falls, we spot the mine high above us.
In the wash, we find a drill bit pushed through a rock and bent on one end. I’m guessing it was used for a hook.
We find an ore car
Ore bin with a California highway sign that says “Scallywag Mine”
Drake checks the ore bin – it’s empty.
We find another tram car
Ore bin and chute pipe coming down from the mine
Hiking up to the mine
Almost to the lower workings
Watch your step
Drake takes a break
At the lower workings
A small adit leads to a storeroom.
In to the main adit
This interesting ore chute is made from large metal pipe.
Climbing up to the upper workings is no easy task.
Almost to the upper ore bin which has a tram line.
Boxy at the upper ore bin.
Upper ore bin and view
The mine here is a set of open stopes that lead into workings.
Open stope and stulls
Old jeans and newspaper. The newspaper was being used to roll up some explosive for the drill holes.
April 25, 1969
That’s a very steep 800 ft drop to the wash and loading area.
Pretty nice view from up here
Pulley wheel in the crow’s nest
Looking down the tram line
It looks like they once raised the ore up a trestle to get it into the bin.
This goes down two levels
Shovel point and fuel can
That’s a 55 gallon drum that a miner turned into a stove.
Stove and portal
Back down the mountain
Joshua Hendy Iron Works, S.F. Cal.
The highway sign is a mystery
Drake coming down the cliffs from the mine
At the dry fall
We brought a hand line
There are a few other small drops in the narrows
They are easy to get down
Farewell for now
My friend Boxcar did his normal slightly nuts video of our trip: