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Empire Mine, SD

Guide 1 Triplog  0 Topics
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no permit
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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,861 feet
Elevation Gain 336 feet
Accumulated Gain 567 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.39
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
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Routes 247
Photos 8,556
Trips 1,989 map ( 16,471 miles )
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Location Gold Canyon, AZ
Historical Weather
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Preferred May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:44am - 8:15pm
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The Force Will Be With You
by AZLOT69

Likely In-Season!
The Empire Gold Mine actually is made up of two former mines. The Golden Slipper and the Forest City Mines. They were purchased in 1933 by Mr. Upperon, a native New Yorker, hence the Empire Mine. The Forest City mine was discovered in 1911 and has a shaft 165 feet deep. The Golden Slipper was discovered in 1893 and had a shaft 460 feet deep by the early 1900's. There was a ten stamp mill erected at this site.

The trailhead is Forest Road 531 1C and is gated. Step over the wire and proceed. The old two track is badly eroded and overgrown but easy to follow. Eventually you will come to the end of this two track, blocked by several boulders. From here its more like a bushwhack as the trail is severely overgrown. Head for the valley below.

Once at the valley bottom you will come to an abandoned overgrown two track. Take it to the left to explore ruins of the Golden Slipper Mine. When done, backtrack taking the overgrown two track in the opposite direction following it thru a valley and then up a hillside till you come to a intersection. You want to take a left here. The road going straight is marked 531 1D. Again bear left here. There is a lot of tree downfall for the next hundred yards. Keep following this trail to arrive at the old Forest City mine.

It was a large operation and the are several buildings and structures to see. When you've had your fill return the way you came. A GPS would be extremely helpful on this adventure.

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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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2019-08-19 AZLOT69

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    The trailhead is 1.2 miles east of the intersection of 16 / 385.
    The trailhead is also 4 miles west of 16A on highway 16 from Keystone, SD. on the north side of the highway. There is room for two or three cars at the trailhead.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Aug 19 2019 5:31 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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