Stockton, Utah – Northern Utah
Whiskey Flask Mine, many tunnels
2+ hours. We spent about 3 hours exploring all the shafts and tunnels.
Bring two liters of water
High on the hike, None once inside
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head back outside the mine to your vehicle.
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.
Exploring Whiskey Flask Mine