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Forgotten Mine – Farmington Utah
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Overview
Location

Farmington Utah – Stead Canyon – Northern Utah

Sights

Near vertical mine shaft, Stead Canyon

Distance

About 1.5 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4805 ft

Summit Elevation

5200 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

395 ft

Time Required

1+ hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Very little shade

Trail Condition

Trail is clear at first then you will need to do minor bushwhacking to get to the mine.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring snacks

Equipment

Flashlight

The hike is steep and the trail disappears as you get closer to the mine.  The trail offers great views of Steed and Hornet Canyons.

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Trail Map


Driving Directions:

In Farmington Utah, take Woodland Drive for about .8 miles until you come to a gravel parking lot and you will see a gate on the left hand side.

Park here and this is the trail you want to take.

Or if you have a 4WD vehicle you can drive all the way to Stead Canyon by coming down from Farmington Canyon.


The Trail:

Head straight up the mountainside

Head straight up the mountainside

The trail starts near the entrance of Stead Canyon on the south side of the canyon opening.  You will see a very visible trail that goes straight up the mountain side.

Follow this trail for a few hundred yards.


Rusted Rock - This is where you should turn off to start bushwhacking

Rusted Rock – This is where you should turn off to start bushwhacking

After a few hundred yards, you will come to RUSTED ROCK – a rock that looks like it is rusted (see photo to the right).  At this point the dirt trail begins to curve up the mountain and continue south.  Here is where you will need to leave the trail and bushwhack, continuing up the mountain off the trail gaining elevation and going towards Stead Canyon.


Once you leave the rusted rock, you will travel on this terrain (see left picture) for another hundred yards or so until you come to short scrub oak.

Bushwhacking time! Keep heading up

Bushwhacking time! Keep heading up

Bushwhack through the scrub oak, you will see multiple trails, most likely game trails, until you come to the small flat surface where the vertical mine shaft is located.

PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN APPROACHING THIS MINE!


Here is the actual mine shaft

Here is the actual mine shaft

Here is the mine opening.  You will see a large iron spike stuck in the roof just over the opening.



Rappelling Down Forgotten Mine

My brother and I took up our rappelling equipment and descending down to see what was inside this mine.  We rappelled about 35 feet and the mine simply ended.  At the bottom though was an old cable that was no doubt used to haul up the ore.  Still a fun experience!

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The Return:

Hike back down towards the bottom.


Personal Thoughts:

I discovered this mine on accident when I was hiking up the adjacent Hornet Canyon Mine trail.  Nothing is known about this vertical shaft mine except that it is pretty cool. I have looked through records and Topo maps and have found no solid information about this mine.  Since this mine has no name I think calling it the Forgotten Mine is appropriate.

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Technicality
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Difficulty is basically the length, duration and stress of the Trek. If the Trek is really long then it will receive a higher rating. If the Trek is short then it won't receive that high of a rating. However, difficulty rating also includes how tired we were at the end of the Trek.

Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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