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Utah Queen Mine – Jacob City Utah
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Overview
Location

Jacob City mining town - above Stockton, Utah

Sights

Utah Queen Mine, lots of old mining artifacts. Many different side tunnels and inclined shafts.

Distance

Several thousand feet worth of tunnels.

Parking Lot Elevation

7944 ft

Summit Elevation

7944 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

N/A

Time Required

1+ hours. You could probably spend 5+ hours in this mine.

Pets

Don't bring your pets inside mines.

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 2 liters of water or more depending on how long you are going to be there.

Best Season

All

Trail Condition

The mine is very large with ore cart tracks still intact.

Food

Bring snacks and meals, depending on how long you will be in there

Equipment

Bring shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty and muddy. Bring 2-3 headlamps with extra batteries, pocket knife, bag for water, food and gear, helmet, knee-pads, gloves, hand line rope.

This mine is very large and dangerous. It has recent trash scattered in just about every tunnel we explored.  There are also many mining artifacts still in the mine.  Please do your part and leave the artifacts for others to enjoy as well.

Please be VERY careful if you go inside.  Mines are dangerous and unpredictable. Enter at your own risk.

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Driving Directions

You could drive your truck up to the top of Jacob City just before the trail splits to go up more or go down.  Here is where we parked and we just hiked down to the Utah Queen Mine.  The trail is very narrow so if you have ATVs or motorcycles you can drive on down with no problem.   I recommend you just park your vehicle up top and then hike down just to be safe.

The Trail:

From what I have read and researched about the Utah Queen, it was a fairly successful mine which sent many rail cars of ore to the smelter for processing.

This trek will be organized by pictures.  We didn’t make a map of the places we went so I will just post all the pictures here so you can see them.  There are many side tunnels and other areas that we didn’t get to explore so this mine still holds some potential for finding more incredible things.

Please keep in mind that we bring all the right equipment so that we are prepared for just about any situation that may arise.  Lots of us have many hours underground exploring in caves and mines and we always make sure we let someone know where we are going.  We bring rope, harnesses, ascenders, helmets, gloves, boots, protective eye-wear, knee pads, food, water, backpacks, several flashlights each, lots of spare batteries and of course cameras to document these incredible places.

Please do not take anything from these abandoned mines!

Just inside the entrance

Just inside the entrance

There are a few arrows pointing to different locations in the mine

There are a few arrows pointing to different locations in the mine

Lots of timbers still intact

Lots of timbers still intact

Stopping for a quick break

Stopping for a quick break

The tunnels twist and turn

The tunnels twist and turn

Here is the group

Here is the group. Must have been an interesting topic of conversation…

Declined shaft leading to the stairs area (Chris's Shaft as we call it now...)

Declined shaft leading to the stairs area

Wooden stairs leading to the top of an ore chute. The stairs are about 30+ feet high

Wooden stairs leading to the top of an ore chute. The stairs are about 30+ feet high

At the top of the stairs looking to the top of Chris' Shaft. The logs that are in the walls were very loose and dangerous to climb on

At the top of the stairs looking to the top of Chris’ Shaft. The logs that are in the walls were very loose and dangerous to climb on

Looking down the ladder. It is a VERY tight squeeze

Looking down the ladder. It is a VERY tight squeeze

Another drift that leads to multiple drifts and shafts

Another drift that leads to multiple drifts and shafts

Coming down the tunnels

Coming down the tunnels

Multiple shafts leading down. We didn't get to explore these yet

Multiple shafts leading down. We didn’t get to explore these yet

An arrow pointing to the entrance of the mine

An arrow pointing to the entrance of the mine

shaft leading down

shaft leading down

More support timbers

More support timbers

The first drift right when you come in the mine

The first drift right when you come in the mine

We had to duck for long portions of the mine

We had to duck for long portions of the mine

Looking straight up into what we think is a cave

Looking straight up into what we think is a natural cave

There were several drifts and shafts in this one area alone

There were several drifts and shafts in this one area alone

Be careful as there are shafts all over this mine. Don't want to slip and fall down in one

Be careful as there are shafts all over this mine. Don’t want to slip and fall down in one

The Return:

Head back outside.

Personal Thoughts:

This was a very fun mine to explore.  We spent hours in there and didn’t explore all of it.

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Enjoyment
6.5
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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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