|The view towards the mine from where the road was blocked off and we hiked.|
"High in the hills above the old mining community of Hope is the scenic valley of Palmer Creek. Here, waterfalls and weathered hemlocks punctuate the rolling tundra. Higher yet, a hanging valley cradles two alpine lakes. This is a delightful day trip for children and agile grandparents alike. The only sobering note is the last 5 miles of road—high, narrow, winding, and slow, but normally drivable in dry weather by passenger cars. The road is unsafe for large campers and trailers but is good for mountain bikes. Gold was first discovered along Palmer Creek by George Palmer in 1894. A rush to the Turnagain goldfields took place in 1896. Two towns, Hope and Sunrise, grew out of the rush, and as many as 5,000 people were reported living in the area in 1898. Palmer Creek was the site of early placer mining and, later, lode mining, beginning in 1911 with the Lucky Strike vein. The Lucky Strike and Hirshey Mines figure in the hikes offered here. Active mining continued into the 1930s, and some people still have claims in the area today."
|A stream crossing aided by old mining paraphernalia. The trail up to the falls goes right up this slope.|
|Leftovers from the old mine. A couple pipes were alternately buried and exposed on the hillside up to the mine.|
|A view of the valley we'd just come up (driven and hiked), from just below the mine entrance.|
|The mine was up 2 more switchbacks from where we stopped (14 miles of hiking that day took their toll on me!).|
|The mountains above us were shrouded in fog, with an old stone building in the foreground.|