Battle Mountain, Nevada
Tons of mines, Tons of mine relics, mountains
I rode 24.8 Miles. You could ride much more or much less.
Depends on how much you do
Bring 2 liters of water
Open year round
Lots of sun exposure
Rocky rough mining roads
Bring snacks and meals if needed
ATV or dirt bike
Trailhead: 40.49709 N, 116.82243 W
Waterlogged Mine: 40.41449 N, 116.80669 W
Pittsburgh Mine: 40.42129 N, 116.83353 W
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.
There is a large open parking area.
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.
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.
Just above the town you can go to see a really cool old mine chute and another shed. The mine itself is blown.
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.
This mine has lots of side tunnels and there are lots of vertical shafts where you can see daylight above you on the hill.
This has a lot of side tunnels that are collapsed or blown. Here were some of the cool sights inside.
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.
Around the outside of the mine and all over this entire canyon there are a ton of vertical shafts.
Other sites of interest were the Red Top Mine which has some cool mill ruins.
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.
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.
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.
There was a really cool old chute near the comically named Blue Dick Mine. There are ruins but all shafts are gone.
Near the Blue Dick Mine we found a cool little arch.
Return back through Hilltop Canyon.
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.