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Hilltop Canyon and Mines – Battle Mountain
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Overview
Location

Battle Mountain, Nevada

Sights

Tons of mines, Tons of mine relics, mountains

Distance

I rode 24.8 Miles. You could ride much more or much less.

Parking Lot Elevation

4,867 ft

Summit Elevation

7,285 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

5,188 ft

Time Required

Depends on how much you do

Pets

Yes

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 2 liters of water

Best Season

Any

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun exposure

Trail Condition

Rocky rough mining roads

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

N/A

Camping

Yes

Food

Bring snacks and meals if needed

Equipment

ATV or dirt bike

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 40.49709 N, 116.82243 W
Waterlogged Mine: 40.41449 N, 116.80669 W
Pittsburgh Mine: 40.42129 N, 116.83353 W


Trail Map:


The Trail:

Hilltop Canyon is at the very end of Hilltop Road just off I-80 in Battle Mountain Nevada. This area can get rough so 4×4 is definitely recommended. I used a side by side and it was a lot of fun. There are a TON of mines and mining relics here as well as the ghost town of Hilltop. Here is the entrance to the canyon.

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There is a large open parking area.

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Here are some of the different sights and terrain you will see in the canyon. These are very rugged and beautiful mountains. As you can see the mountains are covered in mine roads everywhere you look. You could easily spend a full day exploring them all. Enter mines at your own risk and only go in if you are completely prepared with proper equipment.

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This large tree marks the spot of the old ghost mining town Hilltop. There is only a few foundations and an old shed in the actual town. Here is a link on a short history of the town.

http://www.nevadadventures.com/ghost%20towns/landerco/hilltop/hilltopmain.html

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Just above the town you can go to see a really cool old mine chute and another shed. The mine itself is blown.

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Just around the hill was a really cool mine that was open that I came prepared to explore. 14 15

This mine was full of hundreds of bags of an unknown substance. Most likely ore samples but just to be safe we didn’t disturb them.

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This mine has lots of side tunnels and there are lots of vertical shafts where you can see daylight above you on the hill.

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This has a lot of side tunnels that are collapsed or blown. Here were some of the cool sights inside.

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This mine had several lower levels that were always full of water. I would guess looking at lower shafts and mine areas that there are at least 3 or 4 lower levels. There were several places that were very eerie here as it sounded like you were walking on hollow ground. I think it is cool and eerie to think of old levels completely under water. This mine was not named on my map so we decided to call it the waterlogged mine since lots of it is under water.

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Around the outside of the mine and all over this entire canyon there are a ton of vertical shafts.

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Other sites of interest were the Red Top Mine which has some cool mill ruins.

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From this mine there are spectacular views of the East side of Mount Lewis. Mount Lewis is covered in a separate trek. This is the mountain that dominates the scenery of the area.

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There was another mine right on the road with a stream coming out of it so we obviously didn’t enter but it was cool to see.

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The only other mine I went in was the Pittsburgh mine. This mine isn’t very big and just dead ends at 3 vertical shafts. It does have a really cool door and some old equipment and is worth the five minutes to explore.

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There was a really cool old chute near the comically named Blue Dick Mine. There are ruins but all shafts are gone.

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Near the Blue Dick Mine we found a cool little arch.

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 The Return:

Return back through Hilltop Canyon.

 


Personal Thoughts:

This area is a lot of fun to explore. Just the sheer number of mines and relics to be seen can be overwhelming and fun. If you did this with the Lewis Canyon and Mount Lewis treks you could easily spend 2 or 3 days exploring the Shoshone Mountains in Battle Mountain. There is lots of interesting history here and some really fun challenging trails to get you there.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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