Brigham City, Utah
Large Mine, Building Remains, Wildlife
3 Miles Round Trip
There is a small creek but I would bring your own water just in case
There is no trail so condition is terrible
This is a mine that I have read a lot of history about and have always found it fascinating. I will attach photos I found at the end of this trek from when the mine was operating. This is a pretty large mine with tons of artifacts and old buildings to see. The buildings were all destroyed in an avalanche in the 80’s but you can still see all the lumber and foundations. This mine is very close to the top of the Wellsville mountains in Brigham City. These are very rough and very steep mountains. The mine is located in the center of this photo above the white cliffs so you can see its very inaccessible.
The hike to the mine is brutal. There is no trail and the mountain tries really hard to insure that you don’t make it. There is a ton of bushwhacking through very thick and thorny crap, tons of large loose rock, and even some rock climbing to get to the top. It is also very steep. You gain 2,700 feet and about 2500 of it is in under a mile. The hike itself is pretty because there are beautiful views and I saw of ton of chuckars, and grouse. It is just very strenuous. I stopped a ton to rest. At the base of the mountain you can still see some remains of the mill from the mine. Along the hike there is lots of equipment and ore buckets from the tram system. I lost a lot of the photos I took so I apologize. I will return and add more photos later. Just take your time and the hike is doable. I am considering later this spring seeing if there is an easier route from the opposite side of the mountain so we shall see. At the top the setting of the mine is incredible. The canyon seems to drop almost straight down and is gorgeous with views of the bear river bird refuge below. There was a large boarding house at the site as well as many smaller buildings that are now just timber.
The mine itself is in very severe disrepair. Its one of the worst I have ever been in and even made me a little nervous which never happens due to the condition of mines. The entrance itself is hanging on by a thread and someday not too far in the future will be collapsed for good.
The entrance is located at:
If you decide to go inside please be safe and make sure someone knows where you are. This mine has lots of cool timbers and old tools inside. Of course those are also photos I lost somewhere in cyber space.
It is fairly deep with lots of cool faults they followed. Be extremely careful because there are several vertical shafts intersecting that sneak up on you. In all honesty this is one mine itself that I would not recommend going inside so consider yourself warned. Just the hike to see the artifacts and setting would be worth it.
Make sure to rest before heading down to give your joints a rest because your knees and hips will be pounded going down. When I went I was treated with a pretty sunset over the bird refuge.
Here are some really amazing photos I found in the Utah State University archives. I think these are an amazing piece of history. I can’t believe the life these old miners lived in such brutal settings. On the other hand they had a great view from the office. This one is of the mill at the base of the mountain.
These are parts of the gravity tram system.
Here are some of the cabins.
This was the mine entrance.
These last ones show the large beautiful boarding house and the mine setting.
Return back down the canyon and be safe!
This was one of my favorite adventures I have ever been on. The hiking was miserable but the mine and the setting have always fascinated me and it was just as cool as I had hoped even though no buildings are standing. This is also a great place for peace because there is no one ever in the canyon due to the access and rugged issues.