4 mines, 1 intact cabin, 3 fallen cabins, mining machinery
2.5 Miles from Porcupine Resevoir
1 Hour by ATV, 4 Hours by foot
No but must have landowner permission
Fresh stream follows much of the trail. Bring a liter of water.
Late Spring- Late Fall
Open year round. Ask for landowner permission.
Lots of shade
Very rough, rocky, and steep ATV/ Footpath
Yes with permission
Bring snacks and meals as needed
Water, Snacks, Good Shoes, Flashlights/Headlamps, Helmet
The trail to the mines starts on the east end of Porcupine Reservoir.
There is only one road and no turn offs so it is very easy to follow. The trail will pass through a church camp. You will need to get permission from the directors. The trail immediately becomes very steep and very rocky. There are lots of loose rock sections. This trail is fairly easy to Rosy’s Mine but gets much tougher to mineral point. It is a very strenuous walk but is well worth the trip. At mile 2.5 you will come to Rosy’s Cabin. Its right on the road and impossible to miss. There is another way to ride an atv to the area from the Ant Flat Road. This trek covers only the hiking route from Avon, Utah. I have done both and both are great.
Just 20 yards south of the cabin is the tailings pile and Rosy’s Mine. This is a cool adit with about 1000 feet of workings. It was very muddy and inhabited by lots of squirrels, and pack rats so be careful if that makes you nervous. It has a very large tank inside and end in water. This mine is very wet and muddy all year so be prepared if you plan to go in.
After Rosy’s mine the trail gets much steeper and rockier. Just under a mile further you will come to Mineral Point. There are several demolished cabins and sheds and several pieces of equipment to go with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and Cache Valley. There is 1 large adit about 600 feet deep near the cabins and two more smaller adits up higher. The main tunnel is very muddy and used to be deeper but has since collapsed as you can see in the photo. This mine had several side tunnels but they were all filled in. No critters were seen in this mine. This mine is full of very nasty red muddy clay. Don’t wear clothes that you care about inside.
Take the same way back that you took in. There is a stream near both mines to refill water if you have a filter. 100 oz. should be fine since the trail is shaded most of the time. Its easier on the heart harder on the limbs going down.
I think this area is a very fun day spent in the mountain scenery. I love seeing all the old mines and imagining what it must have been like in the early 1900’s when these mines were working. As far as cache county mines go these are some of my very favorites! If you go in the fall you can also see kokanee salmon spawning up the creek near Porcupine Reservoir. For info on the mines or how to get LDS Church approval to visit contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org