I meet up with Dan and Sharon to hike up to the seldom visited King Midas mine. It was mainly worked around WWII era, which is a bit later than many of the others in the region. The tramway was a highlight of the hike for me. It is 3,000′ long and over 1,000′ in vertical height. Some of this double rope tram is still here, but at least the power cable is missing. (We saw pieces of a buried cable in the canyon bottom.)
The mine and canyon cut into some beautiful marbles of the complex Crystal Springs geologic formation. The area is stark, harsh and wonderfully desolate in that Death Valley kind of way.
Check out my friend Dan’s excellent page on the King Midas Mine.