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Nevada Mine Exploring
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Overview
Location

Near Rachel, Nevada

Sights

Dozens of mines, mining artifacts and rugged scenery

Distance

We explored about 5 miles worth of tunnels

Parking Lot Elevation

6110 ft

Summit Elevation

N/A

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies greatly

Time Required

1-2 days

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 4-6 liters of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

None

Trail Condition

Trails are in great condition

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring snacks and meals

Equipment

Bring flashlights, extra batteries, helmets, good hiking boots, backpacks for food and water, protective eye wear, gloves

Please use extreme caution if you choose to enter any mine.

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The Trail:

Tempiute Mine

One of many entrances. 6800′ level entrance

We first visited this mine back in January and we have been itching to come back and explore it some more!  The Tempiute Mine, which is actually not its real name, is a giant labyrinth of tunnels and shafts that connect in only a few ways.

Tempiute Mine

The haulage tunnels were large enough for trucks and locomotives to drive through

There are several raises that connect the majority of tunnels together.  We spent over 25+ hours exploring the tunnels and we probably only covered about 1/4 of the mines – yes it was gigantic!

The multiple entrances that lead into the mine are still wide open.  There are a few entrances that are partially caved but you can squeeze by if you lay flat on your back and slide in.


Nevada Mine Exploring

Creepy structure near the mill – that light was our friend holding a flashlight

This mine was owned and operated by several companies through the years and you can certainly tell which parts are newer than the others.  On one mining document we found in the mine office, there are ten levels; 5600′, 5900′, 6200′, 6400′, 6500′, 6700′, 6800′, 7000′, 7100′ and 7200′.

Nevada Mine Exploring

Mill and mining offices

There are tons of old concrete foundations, a four story mill, administration building, assay house, machine shop and more in the immediate vicinity.


Nevada Mine Exploring

At the bottom of the bore hole ladder at the 4400′ level

Nevada Mine Exploring

Looking down the bore hole ladder from thee 4800′ level

Nevada Mine Exploring

At the top of the 400 foot ladder looking down into the black…

On the 4400′ level we found a bore hole with a steel ladder that extends all the way to the 4800′ level with more tunnels on the 4500′ and 4700′ levels – a 400 foot ladder!  It was intense climbing up it.  Our originally intent was to climb all the way to the top but we got side tracked on the 4500′ level and spent the next several hours exploring it eventually finding an exit and by that time we were a little tired and the bore hole ladder was several miles of walking away.


Nevada Mine Exploring

Old toilet…yes we had to check and it was indeed empty

There were so many drifts and stopes that we just couldn’t explore them all in time we had.  While exploring we found tons of cool and interesting artifacts including several toilets, old mining tools, slushers, muckers, wheels and more!

Nevada Mine Exploring

Nevada Mine Exploring

Looking up an old elevator shaft

Nevada Mine Exploring

Another 300+ foot raise that accessed multiple levels of the mine

Nevada Mine Exploring

Don’t forget your muck boots!

Nevada Mine Exploring

We found three slushers. Here is one of them

Nevada Mine Exploring

Ladders, ladders and more ladders!

Nevada Mine Exploring

Rails were everywhere

Nevada Mine Exploring

Just inside one of the entrances

Nevada Mine Exploring

There were giant bore holes all over the mine. Some went all the way through multiple levels and eventually leading to the outside. I think this one was a ventilation shaft

Nevada Mine Exploring

Lots of trash and old manuals in one of the offices deep inside the mine

Nevada Mine Exploring

Be extremely careful as you walk around.

Nevada Mine Exploring

Core samples. We found tons of boxes of old samples laying around

Nevada Mine Exploring

Lots of ladders. Many were in excellent condition

Nevada Mine Exploring

Ventilation fan that was right next to a deep bore hole

Nevada Mine Exploring

Another bore hole with a steel ladder. This one was about 100 feet in length but you had to climb a 20 foot rope first to reach the ladder


Personal Thoughts:

We could easily spend two more weeks exploring underground and still not see everything this mine had to offer.

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Aubrey Guynn
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Amazing place to explore.

Sanpet
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Very, very good . I love doing old mine exploreing but my age gets to me .

Tom
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That was one of the best mines we ever explored! We were there 2 years in a row and camped in the mill house both times. That huge rain storm in September of 2014 really made a mess of the mine tunnels and roads going down to the mill and up to the higher adits. We will definitely be back! Be careful when exploring in the elevator room! All the steel is rusting and flaking away and could collapse. The wooden ladders we found were in good condition. I wish the owners would have left the mill and crushers there… Read more »
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