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Nance and Fanning Prospect – Fruit Heights Utah

Baer Canyon – Fruit Heights City Utah


Baer Creek, Baer Canyon


It is about a 4 mile round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4873 ft

Summit Elevation

6712 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

1839 ft

Time Required

2 hours round trip





Water Info

Bring 1 liter of water. You will follow Baer Creek up the for a good portion of the hike and then you will turn up another canyon and follow another small stream.

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall


Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade

Trail Condition

Trail is clear until you turn up towards the prospect and then you will need to bushwhack through shrubs, thorns and scrub oak.



Visitor Center



Allowed in campground areas


Bring snacks


Wear pants because you will need to bushwhack the last portion of this hike. Wear good hiking shoes. Bring bag for food and snacks.

Don’t expect much from this prospect.  Just enjoy the canyon and the creek as you make your way to the prospect

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 41° 1.808’N, 111° 53.851’W
Nance and Fanning Prospect:  41° 2.528’N, 111° 52.179’W
Knife Blade Rock: 41° 2.513’N, 111° 52.123’W

Trail Map

Driving Directions:

This starts in the same location as Baer Canyon.

The Trail:

Climbing up to the prospect

Climbing up to the prospect

The trail starts off the same as Baer Canyon.

Go up Baer Canyon and you will cross the creek three times.  The first time you will cross is towards the mouth of the canyon where there is a wooden bridge with concrete bases.  After you pass the main campsite in Baer Canyon you will eventually cross back over the creek and hike around the pine trees. After another ways you will come to another primitive campsite with a fire pit.  The trail crosses back across the creek for the last time.

Cross over the creek and head up the trail about 50 yards or so until you come to another stream.

It looks somewhat promising.  Don't be deceived though

It looks somewhat promising. Don’t be deceived though

Follow the stream for about 1/4 a mile, you will be bushwhacking through thorns and bushes, and climb up to the north side towards the rocks that you can see in the picture above about in the center and up to the left a little bit.

I have done much research about this mine and have found several different GPS coordinates for it’s location.  Since there were discrepancies between the GPS coordinates I decided to check out all the possible locations.

I was bushwhacking around the area for a good 2 hours and didn’t find much in terms of mining activity.  There were no adits.

It was also around this area that I found a giant hole underneath scrub oak roots.  This hole was big enough that I could crawl through.  I did not however attempt to go inside it because I found large cat-like footprints around the area, leading me to think that this is a mountain lion den.  It makes sense because this is way off the trail and close to a high rock area that is hidden away. If you do come up here make sure you avoid this spot!

Possible tailings pile perhaps? It was definitely out of place when I saw it

Possible tailings pile perhaps? It was definitely out of place when I saw it

Once I reached the coordinates I crawled all over the rocks and found not much.  I did however think I found a few cuts in the rock that appeared to be from old mining picks and chisels.  But ultimately, there wasn’t anything here.

I took a picture of what appeared to be a very small tailings pile near one of the GPS coordinates.

Cool rock I found in the area

Cool shale rock I found in the area

The Nance and Fanning Prospect may have just been a claim where they didn’t really do much digging.  Even though some of the internet sites where I gathered information from said that this was a copper mine, I didn’t even find much evidence for copper.   I did find something interesting though.

After I thought my luck had run out I decided to go north above the prospect and see what I could find.  I found a neat little pile (like someone had been collecting this stuff) of these flat shiny rocks that appeared to be shale but they are much MUCH more shiny looking than shale.  Not sure what it is but it looks real cool!

Knife Blade Rock

Knife Blade Rock

Towards the creek side of the mountain still staying high on the rocks I found an interesting rock formation that looks like a knife blade.

Despite what the picture looks like this rock is large and it sticks out far over the cliff ledge and actually looks pretty cool.

It is an interesting rock because all the other rocks in the area lay horizontal but this rock is vertical.  And you get a great view of Francis Peak and Baer Creek from here too.

The Return:

Head back down towards the main trail and go back towards the parking lot.

Personal Thoughts:

There is virtually no information about this prospect no matter where I looked.  If anyone has any information at all about this prospect please let me know. Trek Planner Logo

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