Join SYRCL on Saturday, October 5th for an educational and stunning 6-mile round trip hike to the Mountain Mine led by Hank Meals. Hank is a local historian, archeologist, author of Yuba Trails, and authoritative Yuba River trail guru.
The hike to the Mountain Mine is along a former access road that was cut and blasted along a rocky slope. Most of the hike is above the tree line with terrific views of the north Yuba watershed. We’ll also take a short side trip to visit Volcano Lake where the mountains and clouds are reflected in its clear water. This hike has some of the most dramatic vistas in the Yuba River watershed – the fall colors should make it even better.
We’ll begin near Sand Pond at 5,748’ and slowly ascend a rough road to the Mountain Mine at 7,000’, a climb of 1,252 feet. With the side trip, it’s approximately three miles one way. Plan on a seven or eight-hour day.
The mine is located on a jagged southeast-facing hillside above the North Yuba. It is less than a mile east of the Sierra Buttes Lookout (8,500’), as the crow flies. Once an underground gold mine, the Mountain Mine operated in the late 1800’s and stopped producing in 1905. Avalanches and landslides have eliminated the surface structures, but the setting remains spectacular.
Fee: $20 for SYRCL members or $25 for non-members
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 6 pm
Meet at the SYRCL office, 313 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City, to carpool the 1.25 hour drive to Sand Pond, Gold Lake Road, Sierra City.