High up in the spires of the Sierra Nevada there lies a hidden and seldom visited mine where a trail goes through the mountain.
To get there, you have to follow a steep trail across jagged granodiorite cliffs. A thousand feet below is the old mining camp of Lundy and the views of 13,057 ft (3,979m) Mt. Dana across the canyon are quite spectacular.
The old miner’s trail up to the mine cuts across a steep and rocky slope.
Our trail enters some jagged cliffs. We have to watch our steps carefully.
The view down to Oneida Lake is spectacular.
The trail finds its way among the cliffs.
Looking down at the May Lundy mining camp site.
Lake Oneida with 13,057′ Mount Dana in the far distance.
It is quite a view.
We climb up to the first signs of the mine.
We find the first of a few small mine portals.
Around the corner, we see the mine workings.
A single post (known as a stull) holds up the roof in this mined out section.
Passageway into darkness.
We make our way to the mine across a thin trail.
More minor workings.
Jagged spires of grandodiorite (a mix of granite and diorite) rise all around us.
We come to a portal of the Summit Mine.
Bellows and charcoal from a blacksmith’s forge are still in here.
The miners followed this horizontal vein and made it into a workshop after it was all mined out.
Micah takes a break from the strenuous hike up.
Miscellaneous tools people have gathered up on the table.
Shovel heads and such.
These guys sure had an impressive view.
One of the portals is half sealed against the weather.
We checked out the mine. The mine is room and pillar style.
Drill steel on a stump. No anvil though.
Broken remains of a barrel.
This must have been some kind of storeroom.
Waste rock was easy to get rid of.
Back to the bed remains as we head out.
Out the backside of the mine, the trail continues.
A look back at the towering peaks.
The lake is a long way down.
A final look down on Lundy Lake as a thunderstorm rolls in.