Personal Experience: Well all be damned, that was a mine indeed! I have not done much mine exploring (yet) because there have been too many other places to explore and mines are obviously dangerous. So mines had been put on the backburner--until now. We took this hike in January, when the weather is cool. I feel this is a great time to do longer hikes without worrying about dying from heat exhaustion! The hike is a little over 5 miles round trip so expect to get a bit of exercise! If you keep your eyes peeled you will come across a few smaller mines along the way too. The other mine we found (Golden Gem Mine) did not look safe to enter AT ALL, so we were smart and stayed out. The exterior looked like it was ready to collapse. I've been told that it opens up inside but I didn't want to take any risks.
The Warlock Mine is up on a small hill across from the old mill. You'll have to look around a little but that is part of the adventure! Look out for worn ground and that may be your path. This mine had multiple rooms and went pretty far back. It definitely satisfied my adventurous palate for the day!
I felt like we were in an Indiana Jones movie! I was waiting for the large boulder to come rolling towards us. :P We had a run in with a bat at the end, flying back in forth in front of our exit, making me freak out a bit. I am not wanting to get attacked by a bat! That's all part of the game though. Bats like mines and you very likely will run into some. Just stay calm!
This was a huge rock of glistening mica. Absolutely beautiful in real life! My camera couldn't really capture it though. The whole trail glistens, especially at night when your flashlight is pointing toward the ground.
You'll find old, crashed cars along the way and other ruins:
There's a huge nest up there!
Hmmmm....I have no clue what it is. I read that people are guessing this was used to store water and/or minerals. Any guesses?
What's this we've found?
Make sure to bring flashlights! These photos are taken with the flash of my camera. Without it, it's pitch black in there:
This was soooo much fun
By the time we were finished exploring the sun was almost down. We had to hike back in the dark, which was fine, but make sure you're with a group if you have to do this!
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