Farmington Utah – Northern Utah
Patsy’s Mine, Flag Rock
About .70 miles to Patsy's Mine. Then another 1/2 mile to Flag Rock if you decide to keep going.
1 hour round trip
Open year round
Bring 1 liter of water. No creeks or streams nearby.
spring, fall – summer is OK but very hot.
Open year round
Lots of sun. Shade is minimal.
Clear trail the entire way up. Dirt path
Allowed in designated camping areas
Bring flashlights, shoes you don’t mind getting a little bit muddy in the mine, bag for food and water
Trailhead: 40° 58.920’N, 111° 52.586’W
Patsy’s Mine 40° 59.099’N, 111° 52.344’W
Flag Rock 40° 59.218’N, 111° 52.323’W
Here is just the trail to the mine. Very simple.
There are several trail options for this trek. If you plan to hike this trail in the range of spring to fall you can drive to the trailhead. If you hike in the winter months you must hike to the trailhead. Please use the map below and if you have any questions please feel free to let me know!
Once you get onto North Skyline Drive in Farmington, you will be travelling on a dirt road. If you have a high clearance vehicle you can drive over here or if you don’t you can always just hike it from the Farmington Canyon parking lot.
Patsy’s mine was created by an Irish immigrant who settled in the Farmington area. There is a main tunnel that leads into other areas with a total of about 200+ ft of tunnels to explore. This is a fun simple trek and great for kids!
You will start your trek on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail which is accessible by the Skyline Drive road in the Farmington Canyon. There is a trail marker at the start of the trail and the trail itself is well worn and easy to navigate even though it is steep at times.
You will zig-zag your way to the top unless you are gutsy enough to take the trail that takes you straight up the mountain side (not recommended). After about 15-20 minutes of hiking you will come to a fork in the road by another trail marker. Take the left trail and continue on.
Keep going until you come to another trail sign that points you to either Patsy’s Mine or to Flag Rock. Continue straight and after about 25 yards you will see the mine entrance.
PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL WHEN ENTERING MINES!
In the mine you will see places on the floor where a old mine cart system was built and you can even see badly rusted rails in the back.
There is also graffiti all over the mine – please be respectful and leave only footprints and take only pictures.
From some of the documents I have found about Patsy’s Mine, it seems that Patsy was mining for gold, silver, copper, lead and other “valuable minerals”.
While I was visiting the Farmington City Museum, I found this picture in a nice display of Patsy Morley, which was actually spelled Patsey Marley. The picture is from an unknown date and taken by an unknown person.
Historical Information (Patsy’s Mine):
Return the same way you came up.
Patsy’s Mine is a great place to explore if you are new to mining. It is a fairly good size mine in the Davis County area for there aren’t too many that go past 100 feet or so.
Optional Side Trek:
Hike to Flag Rock
Flag Rock is named for a tall metal pipe with an American Flag that is planted into the rock face.
Go back outside of Patsy’s Mine until you come to the sign that points you to Flag Rock. There are many switch backs until you reach the top which is roughly another 1/2 mile from Patsy’s Mine
Once you reach Flag Rock you will have an amazing overlook of the whole county including Antelope Island.
This side trek can take up to an additional 1+ hour to complete.
Flag Rock: 40° 59.218’N, 111° 52.323’W
Historical Information (Flag Rock):
Upon a recent visit to the Farmington City Museum I saw a display about Flag Rock. Here are pictures of the display and information about the man responsible for the original flag rock and why he did it.
Here is what it says:
FLAG ROCK, FARMINGTON
On Flag Day, in June of 1997, I (Randy West), placed a 4’x6′ American flag on “Flag Rock” located on the foothills above Farmington. I did this in honor of my friend, Gary Bradley, who was born on Flag Day. He passed away in November of 1976, and his flag placement was my way of remembrance. Due to wind and weather conditions, a new flag was taken up three times a year, with each new flag being provided by Olive Lenox, a lifelong resident of Farmington.
After the events of 9/11, I wanted to increase the flag size to make a larger statement of American pride and patriotism. This became possible June of 2002, when I found the old flag pole which previously stood in front of the Farmington Elementary School, that was then laying against a fence behind Monte Vista Elementary. I was allowed, by the school principal, to take the pole. I presented the pole to Darrell Lake, a metal fabricating friend, and explained that I wanted a bigger flag which required a longer pole. Darrell cut and sleeved the pole into three 6′ long sections weighing sixty pounds each. The fourth top section was made with a swivel to allow for ease of movement as wind changes direction. The crown of the pole is a stainless steel eagle which reflects sunlight and can be seen “flashing” for miles away from Flag Rock.
The next step was getting the pole sections to Flag Rock. I modified my backpack frame and strapped each section to my back. Four trips were needed. Glen Curtis, another friend, hiked behind me to push and steady me. Without him, I doubt I could have gotten up the mountain.
On September 11, 2002, my brother, David, Glen and myself removed the 4’x6′ flag and its pole, and replaced it with a 24′ pole and a 6’x10′ flag. The flag pole is pulled against a rock face using a long steel chain.
A few weeks after 9/11, I asked my brother, Davis, if he could find how high Flag Rock was to the valley floor. Using his GPS, he found from the top of State Street to Flag Rock was 1,353 vertical feet, which was the same height of the World Trade Center Towers. This has been posted on the GPS Cache Hunt Site website as a memorial to 9/11. A retired EMT from New York City now leads a group of people from the top of 100 North to Flag Rock every 9/11. It is a very emotional and very reflective experience.