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Hill Top Mine – Stockton Utah
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Overview
Location

Stockton, Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Old stone structure, Hill Top Mine

Distance

Less than 1/4 mile round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

5594 ft

Summit Elevation

5651 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

57 ft

Time Required

<1 hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No sun exposure

Trail Condition

The mine is filled with loose rocks. The entrance has a tight squeeze but you can get inside

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

None

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Helmet, flashlight with extra batteries, clothes and shoes you can get dirty, gloves, bag for food and water

This mine is quite small because the miners must have caved in the tunnels on the inside.  The tailings give the impression that this mine may have had 800+ feet of workings below.

GPS Coordinates

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Driving Directions

You will need a high clearance vehicle. Once you get to this point you then turn east up the small valley and park just below the Hill Top GPS coordinates then hike up to the mine.


The Trail:

I am not sure what the real name of this mine is but since it is located on the upper portions of a hill we have nicknamed this mine the Hill Top Mine.  From far away it would appear that this mine would be substantial and I’m sure back in the day it was a good size.  But now it is mostly caved and you can only explore about 100 feet of the mine.  It is very crumbly and unstable so please be careful if you go inside.

Hill Top Mine from other side of the valley

Hill Top Mine from other side of the valley

Stone structure just outside of Hill Top Mine

Stone structure just outside of Hill Top Mine

Hill Top Mine main entrance

Hill Top Mine main entrance

Heading down into the mine. It is slanted but you do not need ropes

Heading down into the mine. It is slanted but you do not need ropes

Just inside the mine in the large cavern area

Just inside the mine climbing into the large cavern

Just inside it will open into a large cavern.

Large cavern that is about 15 feet high. This is just below the entrance

Large cavern that is about 15 feet high. This is just below the entrance that you can see in the lower right of this picture

Here if you turn to your right you will see a small passage that leads over to the 2nd entrance (see GPS coordinates).

A faint light shining from the 2nd entrance to Hill Top Mine

A faint light shining from the 2nd entrance to Hill Top Mine

In the large cavern area we suspect that there were several tunnels here.  They are all since caved except for the one leading down to the left which drops down about 40 feet or so and gets too narrow to climb through.

Our friend trying to see if we can get through - he can't

Our friend trying to see if we can get through – he can’t

Cool calcite formations are abundant here in Hill Top Mine

Cool calcite formations are abundant here in Hill Top Mine

Looking out from within Hill Top Mine

Looking out from within Hill Top Mine

Overall there is about 100+ feet of exploration in Hill Top Mine.   The 2nd and 3rd entrances are both way too small to enter.

Hill Top Mine (2nd entrance)

Hill Top Mine (2nd entrance)


The Return:

Head back out the same way you came.


Personal Thoughts:

Obviously, just by looking at the tailings, you can tell that Hill Top Mine was much larger than its current state.  But since it is caved just inside the mine you can only access a little portion of it. Trek Planner Logo

 

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Jeff Johnson
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