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Thread: Thursdays hike....

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    Thursday's hike....

    Started out at the old Great Western Mine. I parked at the base of the old smelter. Here's an old pic of when it was operating....probably in the 20's.
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    And here's a recent Google Earth image:
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    So, I parked at the old foundations, and headed up the canyon. At one point, I noticed a color change in the rock, and soon saw the tailings from a prospect hole. PH2.
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    The extrusion ran from PH1 to PH4, where the odd circular cistern is located. The only reason I found it was I was looking for the spot where the extrusion met the canyon bottom, or close to it.
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    I had first hiked up to examine the hole the tailings came out of, and take a few pics.
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    The mineralized extrusion actually starts at the tip of the pine tree against the outcrop. It popped out at two locations in the form of iron oxides. The last outcrop was some quartzite. Next pic is the climb to the prospect hole.
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    Next pic is a better shot of extrusioon where it first shows...right at the base of an outcrop of the country rock.
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    Wore Heidi out, too. you can see the darker, crumbly rock. thousands of years ago, there was probably steam rising out of this spot. No copper hued rock, however.
    The next pics is the round structure I found at PH4 on the GE image. I was hoping to find an outcrop others had missed, where the extrusion met the canyon bottom. But the old guys were thorough, and didn't miss much. The quartzite used for the walls is an anomaly at that location. Part of the extrusion I assume. They must have dug down to check for metals, and built the walls so the hillside wouldn't cave down on them. There is an old piece of RR track they used as a door header over a small opening at the bottom, on the low side. Probably pushed material out through it as they dug, rather than hoist it up. It amazes me that you can actually see the "cistern" on the Google Earth image taken from 22,000 miles.
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    Before we headed back down, Heidi took a minute to cool off. Also a shot across the valley looking down the canyon.
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    A great day, but wore my 70 year-old butt out....LOL
    Jim
    Last edited by Jim in Idaho; Apr 20, 2019 at 07:36 PM.

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    Dennis

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    You think it would be worth it if you ran the detector around where those cabins where below the smelter?

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    papa

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    I think that qualifies as climbing, not hiking. At least a scramble. Rugged stuff, and interesting. Nice there is still some snow left for cooling off! I hope you can locate some decent ore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    You think it would be worth it if you ran the detector around where those cabins where below the smelter?
    LOL....did that several years ago. Actually detected all the way up the old tram route. Found lots of nails, and a couple of powder barrels. Never did find any coins, which really surprised me.
    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    I think that qualifies as climbing, not hiking. At least a scramble. Rugged stuff, and interesting. Nice there is still some snow left for cooling off! I hope you can locate some decent ore.
    Heck, Kray, I never find any decent ore rock. Just not my destiny. But I do enjoy the trip...LOL I sure like looking over the next ridge, and always will.
    Jim
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    The trip with a good friend and the 'look see' is always worth the effort, thank you for sharing!.........63bkpkr
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    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    Brian

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    Wow! What an adventure! That is the type of detecting I am looking forward to doing more of--some travel, some research, and hiking outdoors. A great change of pace from the beach or park settings we usually settle for. I am glad that you have your four-legged friend along as well. Lastly, I admire the detailed record keeping you are doing--really makes a difference when you have a well-prepared plan. I am glad to read about someone "following their passion." Keep up the good work!
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    great story/trip report glad your dog got in on the adventure
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    Guys, I never go into the outdoors without my dog. She is not only my companion, but also my early-warning device for large predators. The country I run, here in Idaho, is extremely rough, and wild. Bears, In some cases including grizzlies, wolves, lions, rattlesnakes, etc. Here's what I believe is a wolf track I walked over on my way up. My boots are size 13. Not a huge track, but Heidi's are 50% bigger than a coyote, and this track is 3x Heidi's.
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    Jim

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    stay safe jim.
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