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Steep climb to an old mine
This is a very strenuous hike up to by Pomono Mine that has been operating off and on between 1918 and 1963. The ore was tungsten, silver, gold, lead, zinc and copper. The mine is at two levels with a tram cable still suspended above connecting the two. Miscellaneous equipment for operating the tram is at both the lower and upper mines. There are really great views to the east over Sierra Vista from the upper mine. Good Views over browns Canyon and Sierra Vista are all along this Trail but are hard to enjoy on the climb up because of the constant vigilance that must be given to the very steep trail. I didn’t go the rest of the way to the saddle above the upper mine (120 feet higher up) but there is more equipment and the tram wire is tethered up there. If time permits and energy abounds I recommend stopping at the lower mine then the upper and then on to the saddle.
The Pomona Mine trailhead is 2.1 miles in on the Brown Canyon Trail from the Brown Ranch. The Brown Canyon Trail is a fairly easy walk through lower Brown Canyon. The Pomona Mine Trail starts out following an old road for the first 1.1 miles. This is a steady uphill climb but not too strenuous (actually I thought it was strenuous but after doing the upper portion to the mine this part seemed easy). At 1.1 miles along this old road the trail leaves the road and climbs seriously uphill. The road continues on but a couple of rock cairns and a large rock arrow in the road indicate to take the trail. This trail after 0.4 miles of extremely slow travel will take you to the upper mine. The trail is very steep and in many places it was hand and foot travel with very loose rocks and dirt. From the upper mine the tram cable can be seen still suspended above. There is also some equipment used in conjunction with the tram cable. The views to the east from this upper mine are spectacular. If you have more energy the saddle is another 120 feet up and there is more equipment up there. The saddle is also where the tram wire is tethered.
To get to the lower mine continue on the road where the trail exited to get to the upper mine. The lower mine is 0.2 miles in along this road.
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This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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