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2005
76 Basin
September 2005
Location: Monte Cristo

We took a quick last trip up to Monte Cristo before the winter set in, and explored some of the oldest mines in the area, in 76 Basin.
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Minnecaduca Lode
September 2005
Location: West Fork Miller

The Minnecaduca Lode was discovered on an old claim map, and was pretty close to the Cleopatra Mine route. We finally took some time and found it, along with the Lower Cleopatra adit.
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O&B Mine
July 2005
Location: Monte Cristo

We took a two day trip to the Poodle Dog Pass/Silver Lake area and visited the O&B mine the first day, and several of the prospects around Silver Lake the next day. A great area with lots to see.
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Apex Mine
June 2005
Location: Money Creek

A mid-week trip up the old tram route to the Apex Mine - although not much mine exploring can be done here, there is still a terrific amount of history abound.
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Commonwealth Mines
June 2005
Location: Snoqualmie Pass

This was an exciting short trip to some relatively unknown mines in the Snoqualmie Pass area. Copper ore was the objective here, but not much information about the effort was recorded.
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Cleopatra Mine
May 2005
Location: West Fork Miller

A group of us returned to the Cleopatra Mine high above the West Fork Miller river, a great trip with great people but the heat of the day took a toll on us.
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Trout Lake Mines
May 2005
Location: Foss River

A productive day off from work allowed us to bag a few interesting mines around the Trout Lake area. Some of these mines present a good route-finding challenge and because of that, don't see many visitors.
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Grand Central Mine
May 2005
Location: Money Creek

A small group explored the Grand Central, as well as some of the other small adits that might have been the discovery points for the mine.
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Kromona Mine
March 2005
Location: Sultan Basin

The Kromona has it all: a great bike ride, a hard climb to an interesting tram terminal and complicated mine tunnel system. One of our best!
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2004
Damon & Pythias Mine
November 2004
Location: Money Creek

We picked a snowy day in late November to hike up to this interesting old mine at the headwaters of Money Creek. A great early winter trip in the snow!
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Sidney Mine
October 2004
Location: Monte Cristo

A short trip from Monte Cristo up 76 Gulch to the Sidney Mine, and also a few other mines in the area.
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Golden Tunnel Mine
September 2004
Location: Index

A tough trip to a recently rediscovered mine from the late 1800's - we're not going to say much about it though.
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San Francisco Mine
September 2004
Location: Money Creek

A short trip up a rough creekbed brings one to this old mine, almost hidden by brush and rockfall. Work started long ago here, but never seemed to get very far.
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Silver Queen Mines
August 2004
Location: Upper Silver Creek

This was a 2 day trip starting at Monte Cristo, to the headwaters of Silver Creek. The old Silver Queen Mining company had a group of mines in a scenic hanging valley just south of Silver Lake.
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Detail Mine Map
Collins Prospect
August 2004
Location: Middle Fork Snoqualmie

A quick 2 day trip up to the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie, to search for a reported adit in a remote area.
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Justice Mine
July 2004
Location: Monte Cristo

A nice bike ride to the townsite. The Justice isn't hard to get to, but complicated inside. We only ended up exploring about half of it!
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Kitanning Mine
May 2004
Location: Index

This mine has an easy route, with an interesting old cabin and lower adit. Tougher is the routefinding and climb up to the upper adit.
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Bergeson Prospect
May 2004
Location: Money Creek

A quick hike up the hill from Money Creek puts you at this old mine site. Now the mine is pretty wet, after more work draining it, who knows?
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Route Sketch Map
Kimball Creek Mines
April 2004
Location: Money Creek

We took a walk around the area of the Kimball Creek Mines; all the adits we saw were too dangerous to enter, although this was a hotbed of mining activity at one time.
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Grand Central Mine
April 2004
Location: Money Creek

We couldn't find this mine last winter, so we waited patiently until this spring. Not knowing what to expect, we were surprised how dangerous yet interesting this mine really is...
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Mine Sketch Map

2003
Mineral Creek
September 2003
Location: Cle Elum River

We took a 2-day trip up Mineral Creek, stopping at the mines at the way up. We camped at Upper Park Lake and explored around the area the next day before heading out of this beautiful area.
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Devil's Canyon
August 2003
Location: North Fork Snoqualmie

Finally the mysteries of Devil's Canyon were uncovered in August. It was a short, tough trip to a well-hidden and somewhat scary mine.
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Bald Eagle/Pilot Ridge
July 2003
Location: Glacier Peak Wilderness

A beautiful loop around some of the best meadow ridge walking around. Originally planning 3 days, the heat and bugs chased out the second day.
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Bear Basin
July 2003
Location: North Fork Snoqualmie

A return trip to Bear Basin was made to scout out the remaining adits that were unexplored two years ago.
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Cleopatra Mine
July 2003
Location: West Fork Miller

A nice day took us up a steep climb into a beautiful high basin, the site of an old profitable mine.
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Mountain Loop Highway
April 2003
Location: Mountain Loop Highway

Took a drive on a rainy weekend around the Mountain Loop highway, where we checked out some mines close to the road.
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Mohawk Mine
January 2003
Location: Miller River

A short climb to a beautiful waterfall and active mining claims. We took advantage of a wimpy winter and nice weather to vist.
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2002
Dutch Miller Mines
September 2002
Location: Middle Fork Snoqualmie

We took a quick 2-day trip up to the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River to the location of the old Dutch Miller claims. The beauty of the area contrasted sharply with the destruction wreaked by man.
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Esmeralda Peaks/Gallagher Mines
July 2002
Location: Teanaway

A confusing journey back in time to the 70's, many memories were brought back with this trip in the Teanaway. Old heavy metal helped us bag Esmeralda Peaks and in addition, we checked out the prospects around Gallagher Head Lake.
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Pine Marten Claim
July 2002
Location: North Fork Snoqualmie

A short hike up the old Lennox Creek trail brings one to an area of much mining activity in the bygone days. The Pine Marten Claim is right off the trail, and includes an old miner's cabin still standing.
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Quartz Creek/Rainy Mine
June 2002
Location: Middle Fork Snoqualmie

This was a quick morning trip up to this old copper mine on Quartz Creek. Not much remains from this mine's heyday, but another adit is still hidden somewhere in the thick brush.
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Sunset Mine
May 2002
Location: North Fork Skykomish

We took the 'Sunset Mine Tour' which shows some interesting and dangerous results from one of the more successful mining operations in the Cascades. We hiked a little further up the road, but turned back in the rain.
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Detail Map

2001
Enchantments Tour
September 2001
Location: Leavenworth

We spent 4 days exploring the Enchantment Lakes area - including locating Gnome Tarn, climbing Little Annapurna, eating alot, and cursing our sleeping pads. The day we hiked out, we found a world changed forever.
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Bear Basin Mines
August 2001
Location: North Fork Snoqualmie River

In a long day trip, we visited 3 mine adits in this beautiful basin, the site of the former Snoqualmie Mining Company headquarters, and site of the small flotation mill remains on Bear Creek.
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Aces Up Mine
May 2001
Location: West Fork Miller River

We took two days and ventured all the way up the West Fork Miller road. The adits were accessible, and there were many interesing artifacts in the area - we had a good trip.
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Lake Serene Mine
May 2001
Location: Mt. Index Area

These mines were established near Mt. Index long ago. Easy access via the new Lake Serene trail will bring one to the workings.
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2000
Damon & Pythias Mine
October 2000
Location: Money Creek

A short trip to the Damon & Pythias mine, after coming down from Crater Lake and the Morning Star mine. We explored part way into this adit. We beat winter by a few days.
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Morning Star Mine
October 2000
Location: Money Creek

We made a return to the Morning Star mine this year. This time we tried to capture some good photos of the route from Crater Lake to the mine adit.
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Coney Basin Mine
September 2000
Location: West Fork Miller River

After several attempts, we finally made the trip up to the head of Coney Basin.
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Whitehorse Mountain
July 2000
Location: Darrington

An early start, a long day, and beautiful views everywhere before being turned back very close to the summit.
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Una Mine
June 2000
Location: West Fork Miller River

A return to this steep canyon and hillside finally revealed this well-hidden mine. Interesting artifacts and ore still remain at this site.
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King & Kinney Mine
May 2000
Location: West Fork Miller River

A short walk along an old river road and climb up to an old mining camp. We explored into this water-filled mine until a caved section was reached.
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1999
Kaleetan Peak
July 1999
Location: Denny Creek

We needed a quick accomplishment that wasn't too serious. This is a fun climb.
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