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

Pack List

  • Water
  • Headlamp/flashlight or make sure you phone is charged
  • Campfire makin stuff
  • Marshmallows
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet



Easy Parking

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12 days ago

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

12 days ago

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

4 months ago

Sketchy mine

Good hike, watch that YouTube video it helps. Coming back can be confusing. Just remember where you came from. The ladder in the mine is sketchy, not for those afraid of heights.

4 months ago

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

6 months ago

crazy cool

sweet little spelunking adventure with one heck of a view

6 months ago

Added by Josh Anderson

21 | bike | board | climb | insta and snap @joshy_blue

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