Desert Trails

This was a very large zinc, lead district in southern Nevada. Went out with my friend to explore one of the mines in the region. Many more trips will be planed.

Friends YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLoo9uykPpBwntjAhGtf9hg

Outside the small town of Arivaca Arizona are small gold, silver, tungsten mines. Many are collapsed, but the few that are still accessible, though small, are really fun to explore.

Tungsten mine camp from 1913

High on the side of a mountain sites this little mine. It produced gold and silver starting in 1903. There was a short revival in the 1930s and again in the 1960s but from the looks of things they did not have much in the way of production.

Was not planning on visiting this mine on this trip so I was not prepared. It is funny how changing ones mind and heading up a different mountain pass sometimes plays out.

In the Panamint Range in Death Valley, close to the ghost town of Skidoo are the scattered remains of a 1940s gold cyanide mill and mine. The weather was cold and windy with a little bit of snow flurries falling.

In a remote canyon in Panamint Mountains of Death Valley are a set of petroglyphs that tell an interesting story.

This is a former lead and silver mine that first appeared on record in 1915. The original name of the mine is unknown, we called it the wheelbarrow mine because they used a wheelbarrow bucket for the tram bucket and we found several wheelbarrow frames through out the site.

Check out my friends channel came with me on this trip, Broken Roads and Abandoned Mines.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLoo9uykPpBwntjAhGtf9hg

Located in the Weepah district in western Nevada is this small gold mine. Been unable to find much information on the mine, so we went to explore the shafts. The main shaft had collapsed which was sad, this also meant we could not be explore the shaft safely. We did explored a small exploratory shaft higher on the side of the hill.

This mine, along with 11 other Talc mines in this canyon, was original located between 1931 and 1935 by Louise Grantham and Ernest Huhn. These talc mines stayed in operation all the way into the late 1970s.

The Empress Lead/Zinc Mine is near Darwin, California. Historically the site has been associated with the Modoc Mining District which is now part of the Death Valley Wilderness.

Lead mine high up the side of a mountain. From below it looked much bigger than it turned out to be. Intense hike with beautiful views.

Here is a small copper/gold mine just south of Beatty Nevada. Been unable to find any information of the site so there isn't much history.

In central Nevada is a lead mine and mill site that was in operations from the 1920s to 1977. It's aerial tramway held the record as longest tram in the United States for a few years.

A former lead/silver mine is explored. Not much is know about the site, but it is still interesting to check out.

Throughout the mountains of Nevada are numerous charcoal kilns. Here is a couple that are found in a beautiful canyon in central Nevada.

A visit to a silver mine in central Nevada's Antelope Valley.

Checking out a ranch owned by a Paiute known as Wagon Johnnie. It is nice to see the cabin still standing today.

In eastern Nevada, there is a Gosiute story that this cave is a gateway to an other world with lush fields and many usual animals. Access is not always available to enter this other world, but it is told that a strange people live in there and will take prisoner and make slaves of any who dare to intrude on their realm.

A lead, gold, silver mine high on the side of a mountain range that looks to be from a realm of fantasy. With the high humidity in the tunnel, it is like the alchemist is still turning lead into gold.

The deserts hold their water a secret and well out of sight. Many times one needs to search for the water, and when one finds it there is no guarantee that it is drinkable. Now there are many different types of water sources in the desert, here I will show three types that are found.

Here I take you to a mine I have never been to before. I have been wanting to get out to this mine for the past 15 years but have never done it for some reason, so this was the day. All I can say, it was not worth it. Here you will join me on a failed explore. Well, to me it is never a failed explore. I just know now it is not worth traveling to anymore. Enjoy!

Note: Tunnel location is given here so any other explorer in this area will know what to expect.

Tunnel One: 36.6097, -116.7940
Tunnel Two: 36.6107, -116.7936

Within a large mine, interwoven with many interconnected passages, resides an small and unassuming tunnel with a surprising end.

A look at a former central Nevada Talc/Soapstone mine is visited in this video. Not much in the way of history since it was a company mine complex and nothing good seems to happen at these types of mines. So the video is a tour of some of the ruins and buildings left behind.

Links to stills of the site:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CODz2T7gAAm/
https://www.instagram.com/p/CODz_93A1Bz/
https://www.instagram.com/p/COD0DeMAWli/
https://www.instagram.com/p/COD0HdZAOvW/
https://www.instagram.com/p/COD0v9egG7d/

Using an old mine workings map that I found for a site I have been to before. I just could not believe I have never been to the tunnel so I went back this location to explore it further. The location where the tunnel was suppose to be located was back-filled by later mining in the area and does not seem accessible any longer. This explains why I never found it on previous trips into the area. Even the shafts that were suppose to access the lower workings were back-filled. Not what I was planning on this trip, but the area is still nice to see.

Stills of the site:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CODzanoABeg
https://www.instagram.com/p/COD0VnngiPN
https://www.instagram.com/p/COD0ZgJg6je

High up a steep and craggy mountain range I take you to an ore chute that is precariously hanging onto the precipice, fighting against gravity to keep from crashing into the abyss below.

Now that I have waxed poetic, this is the upper portion of a large silver mining operation which was in operation from around 1910 to the 1930s. With some minor revivals in the 1950s and 1970s

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Having wanderlust I explore lost, forgotten and remote places. With that, several people that I have taken out into the desert kept saying I needed to start a channel and share my adventures with others. So here it is.

On this channel I will do my best to present to you all kinds of adventures/stories and sites that are remote and not easy to get to.

Along with video and images I take at these different sites, I also take 360 images to better document the sites as they were when I visited them. These 360 images are being posted at: https://www.360cities.net/profile/deserttrails

I am also posting 360 video montages of these sites on YouTube. When BitChute starts accepting 360 videos I will move those videos to this channel. Until then: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM_Dr9R9KqiF5OxvKieSttg

Join me on my little adventures!

PS : Please do not ask me where these sites are located or if I can give you a map to the locations etc etc....
Locations will not be revealed so please respect that. Only if the site is protected and it is part of the national parks network
I will use the actual name of the site. Other than that, please don't ask. Thank You.

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