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OK Mine/Cave – Simpson Springs
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Overview
Location

Near SImpson Springs

Sights

A mine and a large cave

Distance

2.5 mile drive up the canyon and a half mile hike

Parking Lot Elevation

5,251

Summit Elevation

7,128

Elevation Gain/Loss

1,877

Time Required

3-6 Hours

Best Season

Any

Trail Condition

4x4 Road

Restrooms

At Simpson Springs

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

Equipment

Helmet, Lights, Spare Batteries, Knee Pads, Sturdy clothes, snacks, water, strong gripping boots, gloves

GPS Coordinates:

OK Mine:

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Simpson Springs Camp Ground:40.03830 N, 112.78866 W

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The Trail:

The OK mine is a really cool place to explore and when added to some other things in the area  can make for a really good trip. This is a mine that when active was blown into an existing cave. So you get to explore a mine and a cave. Very cool. This is definitely not a place for beginners and caves as it is quite technical and requires some climbing skills to be safe. Add that the the already many existing dangers of mine exploring this is definitely not for the faint of heart. Make sure to keep hydrated as well because exploring caves uses just about every muscle in your body. If you are smart and safe there are few things I find more enjoyable and awe inspiring than seeing thousands of years of natures work. This mine is near the Simpson Springs Pony Express station. I have done a separate trek about riding ATV’s in this area. There is also an established campground that is a good place to spend the night.

Pony Express Trail West of Tooele (2)

Please be aware that this mine is on private property and we accompanied the owners of the mine claim so permission from the owners is required to visit the mine. Contact us with your email if you would like more information. Getting to this mine is a bit of an adventure and with a four wheeler or high clearance 4×4 you can get to the parking areas year round. Otherwise it would be a pretty basic hike. It is a dirt and gravel trail pretty typical to the area.

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On the way toward the mine there is a very large and cool old shed/barn

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Once you arrive at the old shed that looks like this is the area to park your vehicles and start to walk.

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The hike is about a half mile from the parking area. It is steep so take your time. You will pass the remains of another old miners cabin.

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The mine itself is underneath two peaks called the Indian Peaks. They were very pretty.

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To get inside the mine we had to do some digging and it was a very tight squeeze.

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The beginning portions here are mine. But if you look around you can see sections of cave too small to enter.

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After these log supports it is a steep drop into the cave itself. There are several large caverns and lots of cool formations. Remember to be safe and have fun.

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You will have to exit back the way you came back out of the tight squeeze.

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Exiting the mine we were rewarded with a fantastic sunset that is very common in the Utah desert.

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The stars in the area are also fantastic.

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The Return: 

You will return the same way you came. There is no other way out of the canyon.

Personal Thoughts:

I thought this was really cool. I have always been fascinated by caves so seeing a cave and a mine together was truly a treat.

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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