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Whiskey Flask Mine – Stockton Utah
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Overview
Location

Stockton, Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Whiskey Flask Mine, many tunnels

Distance

Unknown

Parking Lot Elevation

5,562 ft

Summit Elevation

N/A

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies

Time Required

2+ hours. We spent about 3 hours exploring all the shafts and tunnels.

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring two liters of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Any

Sun Exposure

High on the hike, None once inside

Trail Condition

Trail is rough. We estimate that the Whiskey Flask Mine has about 1500+ feet of tunnels to explore. Many times we were crouching and stooping.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring snacks

Equipment

Helmet, three flashlights with extra batteries, clothes and shoes you can get dirty, gloves.

This is a fun mine to explore.  It has many tunnels and drifts all over the place.

GPS Coordinates:

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Driving Directions

Go to this point on the map then turn east and go up the mountain about 1/3 of a mile until you come to the GPS coordinates.  I recommend you drive a high clearance vehicle.


The Trail:

We decided to head over to Stockton and explore some of the old mines on the other side of the hill from Honerine.  We knew that Honerine Mine was a very large mine so we figured we would explore some of the other mines and see what they had inside.

You will feel a major draft as you enter Whiskey Flask Mine.  The draft is coming from the upper vertical shaft (see GPS coordinates of where this shaft is located outside).

Here is the entrance. It is tiny and you will need to lay flat and slide right in. It gets opens up about 7 feet down

Here is the entrance. It is tiny and you will need to lay flat and slide right in.

Just inside the entrance to Whiskey Flask Mine

Just inside the entrance to Whiskey Flask Mine

About 50 feet or so from the entrance there is a fork in the tunnel.  The right fork continues for another 10 feet where we found a skull, bones and a pair of old boots.  The left fork continues down the mine.

The first fork in the mine

The first fork in the mine

Walking down the tunnels. We had to crouch for most of the mine exploration

Walking down the tunnels. We had to crouch for most of the mine exploration

If you climb all the way to the top of this drift you will eventually see light from the outside

If you climb all the way to the top of this drift you will eventually see light from the outside

My friend climbed as far as he could to the top of this drift and he said he could see faint day light coming in.  He said it was smooth rock but we definitely could not climb down it without ropes.  We wanted to see if we could find the top entrance from the outside so after we explored in the mine we headed back outside and hiked to the top of the hill and found the vertical shaft entrance which you can see in the below picture.

Here is the vertical shaft entrance into Whiskey Flask Mine. It probably drops about 200+ feet to the main level of the mine.

Here is the vertical shaft entrance into Whiskey Flask Mine. It probably drops about 200+ feet to the main level of the mine.

Continuing on in the mine you will find many more tunnels and drifts that slope upwards.  We explored several of these and some go up for a good ways but most only go up 50+ feet and end.

Old signature on a log

Old signature on a log

Exploring more of the mine

Exploring more of the mine

This tunnel is where a small bat is - please do not bother the bat if you come in here.

This tunnel is where we found a small bat – please do not bother the bat if you see it

Bat!

Bat!

Exploring a short drift

Exploring a short drift near the bat

Pausing for a picture

Pausing for a picture

Ore chute

Ore chute.  We were able to climb above this chute from another drift

Larger ore chute with a ladder

Larger ore chute with a ladder.  Theis area has several side tunnels

We decided to climb up and found that the upper tunnels were extremely delicate and even the wood supports were falling apart - be careful!!

We decided to climb up and found that the upper tunnels were extremely delicate and even the wood supports were falling apart – be careful!!

Up from the ore chute area. It is very crumbly and not stable

Up from the ore chute and ladder area. It is very crumbly and not stable

Looking up the tunnel

Looking up the ore chute

Very tight climbing!

Very tight climbing!

A cool picture!

A cool picture!

We found several whiskey flasks that still had a little bit of whiskey inside of them and then we came back down to explore the rest of the mine until we could find the very end of it.

At the very end of the mine you will find several signatures on the wall. One is from a Curt during 1952.

At the very end of the mine you will find several signatures on the wall. One is from a Curt during 1952 and Gene also left his mark here.

Looking out from within Whiskey Flask Mine

Looking out from within Whiskey Flask Mine


The Return:

Head back outside the mine to your vehicle.


Personal Thoughts:

This mine was an unexpected surprise.  We were simply exploring the mines in the little valley and checked to see if this mine was open.  It had many old artifacts including several whiskey flasks, buckets and even some animal bones. We don’t know what the real name of this mine was but we decided to call it Whiskey Flask because we found several old whiskey flasks in the back of the mine.Trek Planner Logo


Exploring Whiskey Flask Mine

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