Hillside Mine

Early in 2013, while on a trip to Eastern Nevada, I hiked to the top of a mountain in search of this remote backcountry mine. It was still early in the season, and plenty of snow was on the ground. On the north slope, I fell into some snowdrifts up to my waist! I had a heck of a time getting up there, but I made it.

At the mine, I found an ore car, the remains of a boiler, and a few other pieces of old mine equipment. It looked like an interesting mine camp, and I wanted to return.

Ore car

A few months later, I had my chance and was able to get back up there again. The mine was difficult to reach even with winter’s snow now gone. We had to remove a couple of fallen trees from the normally unused old road just to get close to the mine. Not much tree clearing is usually involved in reaching mines out in the desert.

The mine is mostly an open stope cut vertically into the mountainside. There are a few other adits up there, too. The mine appears to have been worked in the late 1880s.