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Uranium Ridge North Road - Downhill
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Uranium Ridge North Road
Starting off the crest of Uranium Ridge (view N)

Overview

Uranium Ridge is the limestone ridge east of Tramp Ridge. It was prospected (Long Shot Mine) for uranium during 1955, and several roads, surface prospects, and one exploratory adit were constructed. Uranium ore was found in freshwater limestone deposits, and select samples of uranium ore contained as much as 2% U3O8, but it was not in commercial quantities. Visitors to the mine areas should expect a slight increase in their daily radiation dose.

Uranium Ridge North Road is a rough side road off the unpaved Gold Butte Road that provides 4WD high-clearance vehicles access to the top of Uranium Ridge from the north. Several prospects can be seen along the road. Other roads climb the ridge from the west and south, but none connect.

Presented here are photos of descending from the crest of Uranium Ridge back to Horse Spring Road. For a full description of the road, including GPS data, see Uranium Ridge North Road - Uphill.

Link to map.

Uranium Ridge North Road
Descending towards the narrow section (view N)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Descending towards the narrow section (view N)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Approaching narrow bypass for washed out section (view N)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Upper switchback (view SW)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Descending steep side slope (view NE)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Approaching lower switchback (view NE)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Back on easy road (view W)
Uranium Ridge North Road
Back to Horse Spring Road (view W)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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