I can't do it on my own, sometimes I need a little help and guidance. Meet Nate Loyal.
Only a couple of pics left. Here’s the bullwheel from the mine. These things are so impressive. It looks like with only a little elbow grease it could be working again.
And the shaft itself. There’s a big gate around the shaft to protect people from falling in. As you can see, there’s some distance to fall.
Down the hill from the shaft is another tunnel. The Luckey Golden. From the looks of it, this mine was worked as recently as 1987.
It has a gate to keep people out now. You’d be surprised at how many people get hurt in these mines.
While I was there I caught one of these lawbreakers in the act. I warned him, “Pops! Stop! You have too much to live for!” He just stood there smiling. He knew what he had to do.
And so ended our recon trip to the Alabama Hills. We’ll be back up there soon. Now that we know what to expect, and what dangers to steer towards. Umm, I mean steer away from.
So after some hiking and exploring we take off for the town of Lone Pine. At a junction we spot a stamp mill perched on the side of hill. With many small roads leading in the direction, we decide to go for it. The road up to the mill was very steep and loose. 4 wheel drive was needed to climb the hill, but the payoff was worth it.
From up there the view was incredible. You could see the complete layout of the mine, and more shafts down below.
Looking towards the Sierras.
Morning came and it was time to do some exploring. First it down to Lone Pine for some food and maps. Lone Pine is the gateway to Mt. Whitney. So there are alot of services available for the mountain.
The area reminds me of Joshua Tree or Cougar Buttes. Lots of rocks to climb on and admire.
We made our way down a slot canyon. Some rocks had fallen while we were in there and we were stuck. My Pops had to get to work clearing the trail. He’s a beast!
To be continued . . .
I’ve driven past them dozens of times. Never took the time to stop. So much history up those hills. This trip was specifically to check them out. Do some exploring and recon for future trips. I loaded up my Pops and Boon the dog.
We got to camp at about 11:30 at night. A full moon helped us get everything ready for bed.
We took some time to take some pictures. The lack of trees in the sun might turn off some people, but it made for a beautiful night.