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Miller Creek Mines – Farmington Utah
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Overview
Location

Farmington Canyon Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Several mining prospects, creek dam, Miller Creek

Distance

About .80 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6629 ft

Summit Elevation

6803 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

174 ft

Time Required

1-2 hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water. You will hike along Miller Creek and Farmington Creek.

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade along this trail

Trail Condition

Trail is nice and visible up until a little ways past the dam then you might need to do some light bushwhacking. But overall the trail is good.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Yes

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring good hiking shoes, flashlight, bag for food and water

With all the mine tailings in the area you would think there would be mines to be explored.  Sadly there is only one up Miller Creek that is still open.  Nevertheless, it is an interesting area that has its own dam at the base of Miller Canyon.  This is supposedly the same canyon that features Lucky Boy Mine near the top.  I have yet to find it though.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 40° 59.837’N, 111° 49.847’W

GPS Coordinates to the mines

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Trail Map


Driving Directions:

You will need to drive about 5.5 miles up Farmington Canyon.  The road in the canyon is gravel and most the times there are no rails to guard you from the cliff edge.


The Trail:

This is looking across the canyon into Miller Creek

This is looking across the canyon into Miller Creek

I have been doing research about the many mines in the Davis County area.  I found a certain mine by the name of Lucky Boy and its location is supposedly near the top of Miller Creek in Farmington Canyon.  So I decided to go up and see if I could find it.

I drove all the way up to Sunset Campground in the canyon and then a little ways further I parked my car on the opposite side of Miller Creek.  There isn’t a set trail at this point so I just picked a decent spot and bushwhacked down to Farmington Creek.

Once I was down at the creek I noticed that there was an old mining trail that hugged the south side of the canyon and went up to Miller Creek.  There is a short adit that is still open (the only mine that is still open up Miller Creek).  It is right above the trail just above from Farmington Creek.  It doesn’t go in very far but it is still neat to check out.

After this I followed the main trail until I came to the dam just at the base of Miller Creek.

Here is the only mine that is open near Miller Creek

Here is the only mine that is open near Miller Creek. Sorry for the blur but this is the only picture I took of this mine.


Miller Creek Dam

Miller Creek Dam

The dam structure is pretty cool and mostly intact after all these years.  The water gets funneled down to a point where the water could be dammed or opened by the miners.  I am always amazed at the length people go to build these structures.

Miller Creek Mines

Here are some old concrete stairs that are part of the dam

Here are some old concrete stairs that are part of the dam


Here is the trail on the west side of Miller Creek

Here is the trail on the west side of Miller Creek.  It is very faint.

If you look above the dam up from the creek you will see evidence of some mining activities.  I think there is a very short mining adit in this location.  You can still see the tailings but the entrance is caved. (see picture below)

Miller Creek Mines

From here I stayed on the east side of Miller Creek canyon and followed the old mining road up for a few hundred yards.  By the way, there are trails on both sides of Miller Creek canyon but I stayed on the east side for now.

Miller Creek Mines

Keep going up the trail until the trail seems to disappear.  Cross over Miller Creek and join the trail on the west side of the creek and you will be led to another mine workings location.

Here are some large tailings piles right next to the creek

Here are some large tailings piles right next to the creek


Concrete blocks underneath this tree.

Concrete blocks underneath this tree.

I’m not exactly sure where the entrances to the mines are because they are both caved but if you look around you will see two large concrete blocks that are covered in roots and branches of the nearby tree.  The entire area on this side is full of tailings and I think the lower part of the Miller Creek Mine South is in this location.

Mining artifacts

Mining artifacts


Miller Creek Mine south (upper) workings here

Miller Creek Mine south (upper) workings here

If you continue up the steep incline just to the south of the lower mine you will be climbing up on top of the tailings from the upper mine.  Keep going up and you will eventually see a few timbers and a cave in of the upper mine.  There are lots of oxidized copper rocks in the area and other cool looking rocks.

Miller Creek Mines

Again, I am not sure where the exact location of the entrance is but I am sure there was some type of mining operation going on in this location.

My brother vaguely remembers our other brother saying that when he was in Jr. High or High School, they came up here exploring around and found that these mines were vertical shafts that had two levels.  When we all came to try and find the mines again years later, my brother said that the city, county or DNR must have came by and dynamited the entrances to keep people out.

Cool rocks at Miller Creek

Cool rocks at Miller Creek


Miller Creek Mines

After I reached the upper mine I searched the canyon for any more signs of mines but I could see none.  The Lucky Boy mine may be up farther in the canyon but I didn’t see a trail or anything else.   I did climb up more and to the south and I found an abandoned bike laying on top of a cliff spot.  Not sure how and why someone would bring it up this far but it is interesting.

Bike rock

Bike rock

If you continue up the canyon you will see that Miller Creek splits.  The main water flow goes up the east side of the canyon and the west side is just a ton of bushes.  Supposedly, Lucky Boy mine is up on this side but I have yet to find it here.  You may notice that there is a trail on the south side of the canyon too.  Maybe it was dug by the miners.

Another trail leading to a different mine? I didn't check it out because I was cold, wet and tired but I'll come back in the spring

Another trail leading to a different mine? I didn’t check it out because I was cold, wet and tired but I’ll come back in the spring

Here is the waterfall (it was more of a trickle in the winter time)

Here is the waterfall (it was more of a trickle in the winter time)


Carved initials

Carved initials

I hiked back down and found several trees with initials carved in them.  One of them looks more recent-ish but the other looks like it’s pretty old.

F initial

“F” initial


The Return:

Head back down towards your car.  You can either go down on the west trail or the east trail.  I would just come back the same way you came.


Personal Thoughts:

The Miller Creek Mines are very interesting.  The miners built a good size dam all the way up in Farmington Canyon so they must have found something that made them think the area had good promise for mining activity.

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The zig zag trail in the snow goes to another short but open mine and if I recall there are 2 collapsed ones near there as well. And as for the bike… I put that there so I could see it from Google Earth. Hahahaha. I have pics of me and my bro doing it. Glad someone found it. That made my day. Hahahaha

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