Here is a vertical mine / vent. Almost all of them are blocked by barb wire, but easy to get around. They really should seal them. You can see this one keeps going. We dropped a few rocks and it was a while before they stopped. If you get curious like we did and go past the barb wire barrier, please use extreme caution. The ground may appear steady, but there is lots of soft gypsum in the area. The ground can break lose with very little weight.
There are so many webs of trails in this area. This is a place you can visit again and again and see something new every time. We began the trail here at the fire station:
35°50'11.86"N , 115°26'25.58"W
Take the fork left here to the mines:
35°51'48.31"N , 115°29'13.24"W
Terrain was very easy. Didn't use 4WD at all in that area. Highly recommended trail run. Thanks again, Mike for the tip. I live close, but never knew it was there.
I'm always up for adventure. Probably headed out to northern AZ on Saturday to explore some of the routes out by Bonelli Bay. Leaving early-ish. I want to grab some GPS tracks and pictures for my blog, and generally just see what's out there.
We went out to the Yellow Pine district again today. We knew rain was expected, but figured our luck from yesterday would hold. We were fine the first few hours, but about 5 miles into the trail, the skies opened up. I wasn't so much worried about the trail. Along the way, we didn't see any areas that were washed out previously. I was more worried about having to reconnect my sway links in the rain. It sucked.
We saw that same albino horse you guys previously saw around Cottonwood Pass. No wonder I haven't seen them around there lately. They were much further south.
Rat population + enclose spaces and tight quarters = hantavirus.
I'd not be hanging around rodents in areas like that too long!
That's good advice, Dr. Marn. My wife and I are fairly experienced with caves. Not as much with mines, but the precautions are similar. If you're careful not to stir up dust and avoid touching walls, you should be good.
The grafitti in the picture reminded me of something in the news recently. Do you men remember in late 2010 some a-hole spray painted all over Red Rock Canyon? He tagged over petroglyphs possibly hundreds of years old. The responsible was recently sentenced to 9 months in jail and $23,775 in restitution. That's a stiff penalty for grafitti, but well deserved.