Hike to Buckley's Abandoned Mine
Utah › Rock Canyon Trailhead
Added by Josh Anderson
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
- Headlamp/flashlight or make sure you phone is charged
- Campfire makin stuff
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Fantastic Hike; Fantastic Mine
It took a group of able 23 year old guys an hour to get up there. I'm glad I went with someone who went up before because if i didn't, i would've gotten lost. The mine itself was very cool. We worked our way down the main tunnel for about 100 yards where the ladder was. The mine went further but we didn't go further than the ladder. There were several fingers that stretched to the left and the right. The ladder was definitely of the original wood, about 70 feet tall. We exited the mine out the top after climbing the ladder, and made our way down the way we came.
A Yosemite Look Alike In Utah Valley
Nice afternoon hike near the top, the ridges and look outs mimic those in Yosemite valley. We hiked at sunset and was beautiful. Once your in the mine make sure to have head lamps and remember where you came from, the mine is huge and one could easily get lost. Inside the mine there is a ladder that's about 40-60 ft that takes you to the upper part of the mine which is also an incredible labyrinth. Would highly recommend this hike
Sketch Is A Good Term
The hike is pretty dope. Good scenery and a lot of fun, it's kind of a more difficult hike so you should definitely be in pretty good shape and pack some good water. Sturdy shoes with good grip for some small free climbing is a good idea too! Inside the mine is nice and cool, it's easy to follow and pretty open. Once you get back in there is a ladder that is definitely sort of sketchy. It's a good 75ft up at least, and some of the rungs are older and thin. Just be careful! It goes up to a second shaft up higher in the mountain. All in all a good hike if you're into tight spaces and adventuring
So Fun! But Don't Do Alone.
Way way cool exploration adventure but don't do this by yourself. There are a lot of ways to get in trouble and you will want to have at least a couple people with ya in case you find yourself in a sticky situation.
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