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Isinglass Mine – Bountiful Utah
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Overview
Location

Bountiful, Utah

Sights

Isinglass mine, lots of mica.

Distance

About 600 feet round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

5159 ft

Summit Elevation

5239 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

80 ft

Time Required

Less than 20 minutes

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water if needed

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No sunlight in the mine

Trail Condition

Dirt path

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Not allowed

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Flashlight, clothes you can get a little dirty.

The Isinglass Mine is located in Bountiful Utah and is rumored to have intersected Holbrook and Ward Canyons.  There is little evidence to support this rumor but it is still interesting to check out.

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The Trail:

I heard about this mine from a lady I recently met who lives in Bountiful.  She said her husband grew up in the Bountiful area and he explored a mine that went from one side of the canyon to the other (that’s over 5000+ feet!).  There is little to no evidence to support this theory.

The name “Isinglass” comes from the mica that was supposedly mined to create glass viewing windows in old fashioned stoves, furnaces and even lanterns.  Even though most people don’t care about mica, it is an interesting mineral nonetheless and is used in electronics, drilling and even optical filters.

Enter the mine at your own risk!

The trailhead begins at the Holbrook Canyon parking lot which is located just a little south and east of the Bountiful LDS Temple.  This is a very short hike and it can take less than 20 minutes to complete.

Park in Holbrook Canyon parking lot and hike up the trail to the north.  Do not hike along the main access dirt road because you will pass right by the mine.  You will need to take one of the small side trails to the mine and you will soon be hiking on the tailings pile.  After about 50 yards of hiking you will see the opening to the Isinglass Mine.  It is still open but you will need to belly crawl to get inside of it.

Looking towards the mine entrance

Looking towards the mine entrance

A view of some of the tailings from the Isinglass Mine

A view of some of the tailings from the Isinglass Mine

Opening to the Isinglass Mine

Opening to the Isinglass Mine

Another view of the mine opening. You will need to belly crawl to get inside

Another view of the mine opening. You will need to belly crawl to get inside

Once inside, the mine opens up to the right so you are able to stand completely up.  You will see all the mica all over the walls and a few other cool formations and that is basically all there is to see.  Someone must have collapsed the mine because you can clearly see that it went in farther.

Looking at the back filled part of the mine. It only goes in about 30 feet or so

Looking at the back filled part of the mine. It only goes in about 30 feet or so

The whole mine was sparkling from all the mica

The whole mine was sparkling from all the mica

Looking back towards the outside

Looking back towards the outside

Another view of the small room

Another view of the small room

The Return:

Head back towards your car.

Personal Thoughts:

The Isinglass Mine is one of those mines that has a lot of hearsay but not a lot of facts.  I have done some research in this mine to find out if it did indeed intersect Holbrook and Ward Canyons but I have found no evidence to support this claim.  Most likely, if it did go through the mountain, it ended in the canyon between Holbrook and Ward, but that is just my theory.

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Matt
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I’ve heard the same rumors and came to the same conclusions about this mine. There could’ve been another portal that is now collapsed or filled in, but there would have to have been a massive tailing pile for a mine that size. Plus, the lack of actual records of such a supposed operation lead me to believe that this is more of a local legend. Kind of like when I heard that there were teachers at Davis High that belonged to a secret coven and sacrificed students. Entertaining but not real, I’m afraid. Great post, sir!

Dave L.
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Yep. I’ve been through that mine as a young boy and we came out in the first canyon over the hill, not Wards Canyon. You can still find the rock filled portal. As an adult it took me a while to find it again.

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