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Spokane - Ghost Town, SD

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,570 feet
Elevation Gain 125 feet
Accumulated Gain 320 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.6
Interest Historic
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19  2019-07-25 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,416
Trips 1,835 map ( 15,645 miles )
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:54am - 5:24pm
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A Black Hills Bust
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History
Gold was discovered here in 1890. It continued to function until 1940 but its best year was 1927. There were a few attempts to start it up again but the town was completely abandoned by 1985. Several structures are scattered over a large town site among the thick forest and grass. Little gold was found here. The miners located lessor minerals such as silver, mica, and zinc.


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About a quarter mile in from the gate is the first structure, perhaps a schoolhouse. Follow the established footpaths thru the heavy grass for other highlights. As you work your way over to the concrete Powder House the trail will go to the right and past an old Mill site.

The trail continues in a counter clockwise direction. Disregard any trails off to the right. You will come to an open fenced area. This is the tailings area, I assume toxic, Stay out. Work your way up the hill around the left side of the tailings area. There are dozens of Prospect diggings.

Continue and you will come to more established trail. Take it to the right and you will find a lone grave. An apparent misunderstanding over a mining claim. A little further along you will find the Superintendent's house.

Explore to your heart's content then turn around and just past the Supers house take the trail to the right. It will take you by a bunkhouse ( ? ) and complete your loop back where you started by the Powder House.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    Highway 36 8 miles west of highway 79 turn north on 16a, Iron Mountain Road. Travel 6 miles north to Playhouse Road North Turn Northeast on county Road 359. In about one hundred yards on the right there is shoulder parking by an old forest Road, gated. This is your trailhead!
    page created by AZLOT69 on Jul 25 2019 2:30 pm
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