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Giant Ledge Mine, Caruthers Canyon
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Mojave National Preserve
Caruthers Canyon
Giant Ledge Mine

Overview

The Giant Ledge Mine is a hard-rock mine dug into decomposing quartz monzonite granite. The mine was active in 1927 when the miners were primarily extracting copper ore. For context, see Giant Ledge Mine Trail.

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... mines are never safe to enter. I took a calculated risk on this one, and because I did, everyone can look at the pictures and nobody else needs to go inside. Be safe and do not enter the dark, dangerous mine shafts.

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Mine 2. First adit when walking up the road. Note that this adit collapsed despite the presence of roofing timbers.

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A bench? No - the roof collapsed despite timbers!
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Inside collapsed adit - timbers didn't help here

Mine 3. Shallow adit with roofing timbers and a bit of ore in the back wall

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Mine 4. Steep slope down to the opening

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Mine 5. Upper East Mine

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Fluorite.-Pale-lilac, fine-grained fluorite?
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Adit runs back to a shaft
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Shaft - looking up
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End of the mine

Mine 5. Upper level mines above the main mine openings.

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Adit and shaft
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Shaft
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Adit
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Inside the mine
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Timbers
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Timbers
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Timbers and cribbing - don't ever touch this stuff!
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Drift forks: left (steeply down) and right (horizontal)
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Right fork (horizontal)
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End of right fork (horizontal)
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Narrow left fork winds down and looks too scary

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