“A fairly easy hike, along an old wagon road, to an abandoned gold mine.”
— Jason Ethridge
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There's an old gold mine!
From the Vincent Gap parking area, take the wide trail to the left (south). This old wagon road skirts the eastern side of Mt. Baden-Powell as it makes its way to the mine. At this elevation on the mountainside the vegetation is mostly scrub with scattered trees, so shade can be sparse. There are a couple of spots where the road has been washed out over the years, but the trail is easy to follow through the washes. There are a couple of washes that have ropes to assist in crossing, but these just add to the fun.
There is quite a bit of graffiti at the mine, but don't let that discourage you. Yes, you can do a little mine exploring, but there are dangers, and the Forest Service frowns upon it. Keep in mind that the mine is very dark and full of water.