Friday, November 22, 2013

Mine Tour

Today's skijor outing took us on a tour of 4 different historic mines on Baldy Mountain.

"Hi, I'll be your tour guide on today's mine tour." says Max.
"Come on, let's go!" expresses Zorro.

We connected three different trails to visit all four mines. Come along and enjoy the tour...

Approaching Iowa Mill. This is one of the "newer" mines on Baldy.
It was established in 1935 and is still partly operational.
Approaching the True Romance Mine Marker (the pole just ahead and to the right of Max).
There is not much to see of True Romance in the winter, but it is an abandoned mine site
from the 1800s that has visible relics in the summer.
Passing what is left of an old cabin at the Mountain Pride mine site. This site, also from the
1800s, has an old, abandoned mine and 6 old cabins in various stages of decay.
Approaching the two structures at the 528 Mine.
I have never been able to find the official name of this mine site, so we just call it the "528 Mine"
since it is located just off County Road 528. This site contains these two old buildings and an
actual mine structure (to the right, just out of view).

Of course, a little sprinting on the trails connecting the mines:

Whee - on to the next mine...
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Lots of elevation on today's mine tour without a ton of mileage - it was up/down, up/down and up/down to visit all four historical sites: 7.7 miles with 1400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

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