“Hearts” and “Chips Ahoy” Mines

We finally went to a couple of mines I’ve been wanting to visit for years. We were surprised to find such extensive mines and tramways. They weren’t easy to reach. We had to hike up and down a few cliffs to reach both mines.

If you find these mines, keep them quiet. They are gems.

For more photos from this trip, check out Dan’s trip report.

We find a tin can dump at what must be an old mine camp. We find a tin can du...
This can has been made into a strainer. This can has been ma...
Folger's Tea Can. Folger's Tea Can.
Looking up at the mine.  We'll hike up there and over the ridge. Looking up at the mi...
We find the remains of a collasped tramway tower. We find the remains ...
Top of the tramway and mine portal. Top of the tramway a...
Tramway. Tramway.
Dan next to tramway anchors Dan next to tramway ...
Incline shaft. Incline shaft.
At the top of the tram. At the top of the tram.
An adit with blacksmith stump remains. An adit with blacksm...
Dan tests a bridge. Dan tests a bridge.
Across the bridge. Across the bridge.
Hand winch in the mine. Hand winch in the mine.
We couldn't find a date on these papers, but I'm guessing they're old. We couldn't fin...
Hiking around the ridge, we spot another mine. Hiking around the ri...
We find another tower. We find another tower.
We drop into a canyon and discover more mining artifacts. We drop into a canyo...
We climb higher, back up to the tram tower.  This is rough country. We climb higher, bac...
We enter into a side entrance to the mine. We enter into a side...
Rails lead into a main chamber. Rails lead into a ma...
We find an incline shaft and bridge. We find an incline s...
In the main incline shaft. In the main incline ...
There are a few levels in this mine. There are a few leve...
And huge stopes too.  This hill is hollow. And huge stopes too....
A hand winch. A hand winch.
Lots of stopes. Lots of stopes.
Looking up in another stope. Looking up in anothe...
Ore chute with a metal gate. Ore chute with a met...
Ore chute and rails. Ore chute and rails.
We climb down to another level. We climb down to ano...
We find an upside down ore car. We find an upside do...
Lots of rails on this lower level. Lots of rails on thi...
Dan checks things out. Dan checks things out.
Dynamite and boxes. Dynamite and boxes.
Down some more on a different incline. Down some more on a ...
Rails. Rails.
Dan looks down another stope. Dan looks down anoth...
Finally back at the top of the mine, we find an interesting headframe that is partly underground. Finally back at the ...
Dan under the headframe.  Note the ore bin in the background. Dan under the headfr...
Outside, we find the remains of a machine shop with drill sharpener. Outside, we find the...
Gas forge remains. Gas forge remains.
Drill sharpener and forge. Drill sharpener and ...
This is quite a find.  machine shop, ore bin and headframe. This is quite a find...
We find a hoist house too! We find a hoist hous...
The ore bin. The ore bin.
Dan on a high cliff. Dan on a high cliff.
The hoist. The hoist.
Engine and hoist. Engine and hoist.
Compressor. Compressor.
I'm not sure what this is from.  Some sort of press or lathe. I'm not sure wh...
Water pipeline to the mine. Water pipeline to th...
The mine. The mine.
We hike over to the tram tower. We hike over to the ...
Dan and the mine. Dan and the mine.
The tram tower it isn't in bad condition, considering. The tram tower it is...
Tram tower. Tram tower.
Hiking down from the mine. Hiking down from the...
You can see the top of the tramway on the right here.  It wasn't easy to get to or photograph. You can see the top ...
The desert slowly reclaims a sodium cyanide can. The desert slowly re...


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