Farmington Utah – Stead Canyon – Northern Utah
Near vertical mine shaft, Stead Canyon
About 1.5 miles round trip
Bring a bottle of water
Spring, summer, fall
Open year round
Very little shade
Trail is clear at first then you will need to do minor bushwhacking to get to the mine.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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!
Hike back down towards the bottom.
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.