Hike to Buckley's Abandoned Mine

Rock Canyon Trailhead

Crazy cool abandoned mine to explore!

Once you reach the mine it's gated but you can slide in. Follow the main tunnel a hundred or so feet back and climb the 75 foot ladder up to the second level. You can then make your way back out to the cliff face where there is another gate to the outside. That gate is a little trickier to squeeze through but it's a great spot for a campfire on the other side. Bring some wood and mallows to toast.

It's about an hour hike to reach the mine entrance starting from the rock canyon parking lot. You can climb around in the mine for an hour or more as there are tons of tunnels branching off from the main ones. You follow the main trail from the rock canyon parking lot for about a mile and cross the first bridge. Then there is a rock slide on the north side that you climb to the top of and then turn west (left) to hike along the cliff face around a few points. It's hard to spot the turn off from the main trail as well as the mine itself as it is 20 feet or so above the end of the trail.

I found this YouTube video that lead us there:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w4-NrkWEeM

Pack List

  • Water
  • Headlamp/flashlight or make sure you phone is charged
  • Campfire makin stuff
  • Marshmallows
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Epic and Sketch!

Update: Went again this year. Entrance is all cemented now. No way to get in... The hike up is awesome, video helped me figure out where to go. Basically after you cross the first bridge on the main trail, look for a turn off to the left with a ton of rocks. This will be before you hit the second bridge, and that's where it starts. Trail is an awesome hike with great views. Mine is so sweet to explore! The ladder... that was pretty sketchy, but really awesome.

Coal Mine is closed

The entrance is completely sealed off with cement. There is a small whole that you can look through but there is no way of getting into the tunnels. It was still a fun hike though and the views were awesome!

Mine

I did the hike last week and it was sick! I loved the hike! It was a little difficult but worth it. But when I got up to the mine it was cemented in, unable to get inside which was a huge bummer. Even the second entrance is blocked off with more metal bars


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