July 29, 2015 Ok, I should probably confess something. Some of you already know. I'm not feeling well and haven't been for a while. I'm having some concentration issues that are making it impossible for me to sit in front of a computer long enough to complete a site update. We're working on a possible fix and I'll hopefully be well enough to become more involved again.
In the meantime, I do have some good news. We'll be resuming our group Field Trips beginning Sunday, October 11, 2015. Our Ivanpah trip in May was cancelled and never rescheduled, so I think we'll start there. Most of you already have Sundays off from work. Hopefully, that will give the rest of you enough time to request the day off.
July 16, 2015 Sorry about the weak weekly update. We did get to the mountains this week, but it's way too hot to hike and climb, so we mostly enjoyed the trails and limited our time outside. Still, we managed to add some nice specimens to our mineral collection. Everything you see in the mineral gallery has and can be found locally. Most within an hours drive of Vegas.
July 9, 2015 New images have been added to the Allured Mine gallery in the Ivanpah, CA directory. Most mines within the Mojave National Preserve have been made safe. Because this is one of the few remaining open, curiosity got the best of us. Save your energy and possibly your life. There's nothing worth seeing at the bottom.
July 2, 2015 Rocky Gap Trail has been added to the new Misc Locations and Trails section. I know most probably found this site searching for something mining related. That sense of discovery and adventure is what prompted us to start this site. There are probably some days when you want to enjoy the scenery, but find it more enjoyable from an air conditioned vehicle. You'll find beautiful scenery along this trail and the shade and elevation make short hikes tolerable.
June 25, 2015 New images have been added to the Contact Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. There isn't anything remarkable about this mine. I haven't given it much thought until a recent exchange of emails with someone reminded me of a similar unexplained experience.
June 18, 2015
The Bitter Spring Trail has been added to the Misc Locations and Trails directory. Since we are already in triple digits, this trail may be one you want to delay until the cooler months. The trail is fairly simple, but it's slow speed and in first gear almost the entire 25 mile length increasing your chances of vehicle overheating and failure. Maybe when it cools, we can plan a group trail run.
June 11, 2015 New images have been added to the Esperanza Mine gallery in the Ivanpah, California directory. We returned to Ivanpah looking for specific minerals identified in last weeks new "Local Minerals" section. Specifically, we were hoping to find some gem stones of better quality and quantity, but were unable to locate anything of interest. We've been terrible with cataloging minerals, but now that we know what's out there, we'll try to be more accurate.
June 4, 2015 A new Local Minerals section has been added to the site. The purpose of this section is to help identify minerals that have been found locally. I'm not a mineral expert or even an advanced novice. Honestly, my knowledge of minerals is elementary at best. People with a much greater vocabulary and understanding of minerals have made the identifications. Hopefully, some of you with find this section useful.
May 28, 2015 New images have been added to the Addison Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Someone has been to the mines north of Sandy Valley attempting to torch their way through the bat gates. Whoever is doing that is wasting their time. The best features of these mines are already in our galleries. There's really nothing more to see. Also, if people keep breaking through and around these gates, someone may make a decision that collapsing these mines is a better and cheaper way to secure them.
May 21, 2015
New images have been added to the Carnation Mine gallery in the Nelson, Nevada directory. This mine becomes less safe each time we visit. Because of the soft host material, seismic activity, and mine design, this mine is prone to shifting and collapse is imminent. Mine exploration is inherently dangerous. This mine more so than others.
May 14, 2015 New Images have been added to the Jubilee Mine gallery in the Nelson, Nevada directory. I don't know what is wrong in some people's heads that have to spray paint everything. We came across a couple teens here shaking spray paint cans. We were parked well before they saw us and when they did, they both put their cans into a milk crate and pretended to be admiring the mine. We just sat there waiting and watching until they figured out we weren't leaving, so they left. They probably found another site to paint that day, but it wasn't that one.
May 8, 2015 Sorry about missing yesterdays update. I don't even have a good excuse for missing it. I just forgot.
April 30, 2015
New images have been added to the Ninety Nine Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. We return to this mine at least once a year to view trail and cabin conditions and to locate a spring in the area. Each year, conditions deteriorate. The Ninety Nine Mine cabin is of significant historical value. I don't know what goes on in some peoples head where they see something and just have to shoot at it.
April 23, 2015 New images have been added to the Azurite Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Last weeks Hidden Object Game may have led to an important, but unintentional animal rediscovery and prompted us to return to this mine. We found no unfamiliar animals within the mine, but unintentionally captured another image that may support the sightings of others.
April 16, 2015 Sorry about the late update today. Today's update is more of a confession than an update. I've been adding hidden objects into site images for a while now and have added a new Hidden Object Game section for those interested. Good luck finding them all.
April 9, 2015 New images have been added to the Pilgrim Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. This is a very deep and steep incline shaft dug into the valley floor. Even though the shaft is mostly an incline, whenever possible, we set rope to assist and for safety purposes. From the surface, there doesn't seem to be much to this mine, but it took us 688 feet of rope to reach the lowest level.
April 2, 2015 We recently received a report that the Mountain Top Mine has been reopened. This mine was sealed years ago and one we have not had the opportunity to explore. We suspected the report was inaccurate because the trail description didn't match our recollection. Sadly, we were correct. Mountain Top Mine is still just as sealed as we remembered it to be. The mine they believed to be Mountain Top was actually Lookout Mine.
If you are in the area of this mine, be mindful of rattle snakes which we've seen around and just inside this mine portal. Unless they move, they are often difficult to see.
March 26, 2015 A new Miscellaneous Location section has been added to the site. Mining will always be at the core of this site, but as the site evolves, the plan is to expand it to include other outdoor activities and locations.
The first entry to this new section is Wheeler's Pass which is a roughly 20 mile trail between Pahrump, NV and Cold Creek,NV. This is a mostly uncomplicated trail abundant with wildlife and with a peak elevation of over 7500 feet, a great escape when temperatures rise.
March 19, 2015
I'm still not well enough to get into the mines, so this weeks update will be pulled from our many pictures we keep in reserve for times just like this.
Just last month, we held our field trip to Tecopa, CA which concluded with a tour of the War Eagle Mine. For safety reasons, we only explored the main adit level. This weeks update will give everyone just a small example of what was below.
We'd like to return later this year to tour lower levels with a more advanced skill and fitness group. This idea hasn't gone beyond a thought, so no date has been set.
March 12, 2015 Since this site began years ago, this is the first time I'll be missing the weekly update. I'm not feeling well and my concentration levels are off. My apologies and I hope you'll return for next weeks update. In the meantime, there is probably plenty of content within the site you haven't yet seen or you can entertain yourself in the site forum.
March 5, 2015 New images have been added to the Field Trip Section from our February 28, 2015 group trip. Thanks to all who gave so much of their time and effort for this event. Without all in attendance, we would not have reached that level of knowledge and entertainment that made this another successful outing.
February 26, 2015
New images have been added to the Umberci Mine in the Ivanpah, California directory. I've mentioned the declining trail conditions to Ivanpah over the past few weeks. Umberci Mine isn't far from Primm and just off the power line road, so conditions to this point are easy enough for any high clearance vehicle, but the deepest portions of this mine have been sealed.
There are alternate routes to the northern mines of Ivanpah. South from Cima Rd. and North from Sandy Valley. It's been over a year since we've attempted either trail, so trail conditions may be just as bad as the approach from Primm.
February 19, 2015
New images have been added to the Lizzie Bullock Mine in the Ivanpah, California directory. As mentioned in a recent update, the trails leading to the mines in Northern Ivanpah are severely weathered. If given enough time, weathered trails often settle and repair themselves. We'll return to this area in a few months and will hopefully report better trail conditions. As of this writing, high clearance vehicles are required to reach these mines and should only
be attempted if you can accept some vehicle paint and possibly
February 12, 2015
New images have been added to the New Trail Mine gallery in the Ivanpah, California directory. Getting to this mine takes great effort because of trail conditions. All but one portal to this mine has been made safe with bat gates. Temptation to reach that one open portal will likely be greater because of the efforts to reach this mine. The approach to that single open portal is not safe and there is nothing inside worth the considerable risk to reach the portal.
February 5, 2015
New images have been added to the Taylor Mine gallery in the Ivanpah, California directory. We returned to this area scouting a possible route for the field trip scheduled on the 28th of this month. We knew the trail conditions have deteriorated over the years, but because of risk of damage to stock vehicles, we were forced to remove this area as a trip option.
Washes have cut through some trails several feet deep. Some trails have become washes exposing bedrock and boulders. Approach should be viewed as impassable by most stock vehicles without risk of getting stuck, or vehicle damage. Alternate routes risk paint damage.
January 29, 2015
A new Field Trips section has been added to the site. Access to this area is through the navigation bar to your left. Currently, there are only two trips listed, but there are already two more trips being organized so, more will be coming soon.
First entry to this section is our very first group field trip from last months tour of Goodsprings, Nevada held on December 13, 2014. Some of you I've met previously. It was good to see you all again and great to meet the rest.
Second entry into this new section is the tour of Tecopa, California organized and hosted by Joe on January 24, 2015. I wasn't able to attend this trip, but Charley took enough pictures so we could all feel like we were there. There is still plenty of Tecopa to see, so I'm certain it will be a future group trip destination.
January 22, 2015
New images have been added to the Billy Boy Mine gallery in the Ivanpah, California directory. Like most mines within the Mojave Preserve, this mine has been made safe with bat gates. There is no way to enter this mine, but there are still plenty of relics at the surface to enjoy. Now through the early spring is a great time to visit the Mojave Preserve. It's unbearable in the summer for people and vehicles.
January 15, 2015
Some of you may already know that there are times when the weekly updates do not match where we were that week. In most instances, what you see is where we were, but we often keep pictures in reserve in the event we can't get out for whatever reason.
A new section of Historic Pictures
has been added to the site. A navigation button has been added to the
directory to your left. Because these images are over 100 years old, the picture quality may not be consistent. Some images are blurry and lighting may be off which is common for the era, but I find the content to be far more interesting than anything we've presented here.
The idea for this section was to expand the
site as a resource, but also to help relieve some of the stress of
maintaining a weekly update. In the years since this site has been running, we have never missed a weekly update. It's sometimes difficult to keep up the pace.
January 8, 2015
New images have been added to the Solar Mine gallery in the Nelson, Nevada directory. This valley was heavily prospected, but did not appear to be in production. Since there are still a few active gold mines in the area it's possible and even likely there is more to be found. This is one of the areas we've collected samples for panning and have found some nice pyrite, most often known as "fools gold". The presence of fools gold should be encouraging when prospecting since gold is often found among pyrite.
January 1, 2015 Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone made it to 2015 safely. I know it's said every year, but this year sure went quickly. It doesn't seem too long ago I was complaining about the summer triple digits and here I am feeling that winter ache in my joints. I've already copied the 2014 updates to the archives. As we progress through this year, I'll remove what is left of 2014 from the front page as it is replaced with new accounts of 2015.
New images have been added to the Lucy Gray Mine gallery in the Nipton, California directory. Someone heard on a forum somewhere that someone intentionally set fire to the Lucy Gray Mine cabin recently. I am happy to report that those rumors are completely false. What is left gets picked through a little more each year, but it's still standing with plenty to see. Getting there is more difficult. Best to bring more than one vehicle when you visit.
The trails to these mines are unpaved and not maintained. Many
require technical driving skills and custom off road vehicle parts.
High clearance, four wheel drive vehicles with off road tires are
recommended and, in some cases, necessary.
Please, use the land safely and responsibly. Enjoy the pictures, but STAY OUT of the mines.In some instances, permission from the land or claim owner was obtained or contracted prior to entering a secured area. Some interior mine images were captured prior to safety barrier installation. Do not alter mine safety devices and/or barriers.
Mining sites are inherently dangerous, and historical mining sites can be very
hazardous to one's health and well being. You should not enter or approach a
mine without proper training or rock climbing safety equipment.
attempt is made to provide accurate information, but occasionally
depictions are inaccurate by error of mapping, navigation or
cataloging. Images presented are unedited with the exception of size for site speed and the occasional paranormal apparition I edit in to mess with the ghostbusters. The information on this site is
provided without any warranty, express or implied, and is for informational and
historical purposes only.
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