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Cherry Creek Mines – Cherry Creek Nevada
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Overview
Location

Cherry Creek, Nevada

Sights

Lots of mines, prospects, artifacts and more laying around

Distance

Depends on how far you want to hike. We hiked about 3 miles and drove around the rest.

Parking Lot Elevation

6409 ft

Summit Elevation

7364 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

955 ft

Time Required

2+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

There was water coming out of the flooded adit. Bring 1-2 liters of your own

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade

Trail Condition

Good trails and roads. Wide enough for a 4x4 or truck

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring meals and snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring bag for food and water, hat, sunglasses, flashlight, gloves

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Driving Directions

You definitely need a 4×4 or truck to get out here – or you could simply hike.  We didn’t want to risk going too high on the roads because the shrubs were very thick and the truck we were in got scratched pretty good.  Also, the roads were narrow in some points.



The Trail:

Enter mines and mining areas at your own risk!

The minerals in Cherry Creek were discovered some time during the 1860s and have been mined on-and-off again since.  During the year of 1882, there was close to 8,000 people living in Cherry Creek complete with 28 saloons.  Now days, there are still a few residents who live here. More information about Cherry Creek click here.

Cherry Creek Mining Complex is located just a little bit north of Cherry Creek Nevada.  It is a sprawling area which features many short adits, vertical shafts, large tailings, foundations, buildings and more!  Many of the mines are still open but during our visit we found that a few are staked with “No Trespassing” signs.  Please be respectful and just explore the areas that are not marked.

On a planned Trek Planner Adventure to Goshute Cave (located a few miles north of Cherry Creek) we did a simple search and found out about all of these mines located in Cherry Creek.  We left Utah a little early so we could explore around the area before dinner that night at our camping spot and found the area to be very cool!

We started at the bottom and worked our way up to the top.  We first came to a large ore dump (which had “no trespassing” signs on it).  This was still cool to check out from a distance.

Ore dump

Ore dump

Just above this ore dump was a flooded adit with a good amount of water coming out of it.  This one was also “no trespassing”.

Flooded adit. This one was claimed with a "No Trespassing" sign

Flooded adit. This one was claimed with a “No Trespassing” sign

We went up the road a little ways from here and found a few building foundations and remnants of cabins or dug outs.Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

In the same area across the road were more foundations.  It would be really cool to see what this place looked like when it was in full operation.

A land slide covered this dug out

A land slide covered this dug out

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Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek

Above these broken structures you will see the large tailings and another ore dump.  This is where I think the main entrance to the mine is located.  Unfortunately for us it is also staked with “no trespassing” signs.

You can see the ore dump and tailings in this picture

You can see the ore dump and tailings in this picture

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Main entrance. there are no trespassing signs here

Main entrance. there are no trespassing signs here

Just east of the main entrance and passed the tailings is where I think the mill is located.  Is is  very large multi-level concrete pad with pillars and other things here.

Pipes that led from the main entrance to the mine

Pipes that led from the main entrance to the mine

Mill site

Mill site

Mill

Mill

mill

mill

Mill

There were bricks scattered on the ground that had the words “GOLDEN” pressed in them

mill

mill

Near the mill site

Near the mill site – possible assay house

There was a small adit located just above the mill.

Small adit

Small adit

Below the adit was a torn apart vehicle.

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We continued our drive up the canyon to where you can see dozens of mines and prospects everywhere.  It was really cool to get out of the car and just crawl all over the mountain side checking out the many digs.

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Cherry Creek

This shaft was about 200 feet deep.

This shaft was about 200 feet deep.

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This shaft was about 300+ feet deep

This shaft was about 300+ feet deep

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Claim marker

Claim marker

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Incredible views looking into Cherry Creek

Incredible views looking into Cherry Creek

Two of us went over to see this adit and apparently it had a few hundred feet of workings

Two of us went over to see this adit and apparently it had a few hundred feet of workings

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Very quiet place

Very quiet place


The Return:

Head back towards your vehicle.


Personal Thoughts:

The Cherry Creek Mining Complex was disappointing and also surprising at the same time.  Judging by the size of the tailings pile we imagine the largest mine would have several miles worth of tunnels.  It seemed to be recently claimed and there were “no trespassing” signs posted.  We tried to shine one of our bright lights into the main entrance from the outside but from what we could tell it just kept going and going – so it was disappointing in the way of how many of the mines we were able to explore. That being said, from a historical mining standpoint this area was fascinating! All the cool artifacts and things scattered around seemed endless.  You could walk around for hours and still see cans, timber, minerals and concrete slabs.  We will try and be back in the future to check out the higher elevations!

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