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Carbonate Ghost Town, SD

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,543 feet
Elevation Gain 260 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,255 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.28
Interest Historic
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17  2019-07-30 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:36am - 8:28pm
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Make Mine A Double
by AZLOT69

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Carbonate Camp and the Carbonate Mining District was made up of dozens of mines in the region. Some of the more famous ones were, Cleopatra, Segregated Iron Hill, Spanish R, Adelphi, Iron Hill, and Seabury-Calkins Mines. Mining began in 1881 with prospectors finding Gold, Silver, and Lead. Railroads never serviced this area so ore had to be taken by wagon to Lead for processing. Once you take this adventure it will become quite apparent how difficult this regimen would have been in the 1800'S. This is a difficult traverse even now with today's modern high horsepower all wheel drive vehicles.

Have a plan and let someone know what it is. This is a remote area with little or no phone service. Involving a vehicle on this dual sport adventure ups the possibility of something going wrong. GPS is highly suggested and run a track. Be prepared to mark the trail with tape or something if you don't have access to a GPS. It is extremely easy to get lost with all the roads criss crossing the area.

4 X 4 directions to trailhead
Starting at Forest Road 628 head south. This is the Hepler Game Production area you are passing thru and is a Bald Eagle Viewing area. Take this road 2.9 miles to a T, ignoring the side roads, stay on the main travelled road. Turn left ( south) here on Forest Road 220. The sign was knocked down as of this writing. Reset your odometer. At 1.14 miles there are great views of the plains east of the Black Hills and Bear Butte. Continuing without resetting your odometer at 3.5 miles there is a cabin on your left and you come to a Y. Bear right here. At 3.74 miles take a hard right. At 4.08 miles turn left. At 4.5 miles observe a mine fenced off on the left. At 4.6 Miles you come to what I call Quandary corner. Five two tracks come together at this location. Make note of which one you arrived on. This is your trailhead. Trail conditions can change out here on a day to day basis. As of this writing only hard core off road would proceed further.

Hike up the two track to your right to the top of the hill and to the right. You will locate the Carbonate cemetery. Just past the cemetery a two track goes off to the left. Follow this to some interesting mines and an old cabin. Return the way you came after exploring and go back to Quandary corner. Now take the two track to the left of the one you arrived on. This will take you to the Carbonate Camp site along with ruins and several mine shafts. Return to Quandary corners and explore the other two tracks to your hearts content. After returning from this adventure I'm sure you'll be saying " Make Mine A Double ".

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2019-07-31 AZLOT69
    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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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Spearfish, SD take exit 14, turn south one block and turn east on the frontage rd. ( Colorado ). Go 1.2 miles turn south on Maitland Rd. Maitland Rd turns to the right in another 0.8 miles and turns to gravel. Continue one mile to Christensen Rd. Turn Right, go one mile to Forest Rd 628 on your left, south side. This is where the strictly 4 X 4 starts. Directions in narrative above.
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