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