Sunset Mine - Trout Creek 

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Author: HikingWithMyBrother
Date: 4 Apr 2010 10:00:00 AM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Hiking
State: Washington (WA)
Distance: 4 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 1.3 mph - 0:45:00/mi
Duration: Total: 3:00:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 872 ft
Total Loss: 263 ft
Net Change: 609 ft
Difficulty: 2 / 10
Tags: Gold Bar, Highway 2,, Index, Seattle, Washington
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

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TO TRAILHEAD: To get there, take Highway 2 to the Index turnoff. Drive past Index and continue on the Index-Galena Road for about five miles to the Trout Creek Bridge, just before the road washout. Just past the bridge take a right onto a forest road. Park here or drive the gravel road to the mines.

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Distance: 1.98 mi Points: 586
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest


Location: 47.862967, -121.484713 Altitude: 264.7266846
Trail head. Hike through the gate and follow the rough forest road up the hill.

Trout Creek

Location: 47.861060, -121.486173 Altitude:
Trout Creek in morning light. The lower part of the creek can be accessed by heading in the opposite direction at the start of the trail.

Road and alders

Location: 47.859159, -121.469972 Altitude:
Young alder lines the road leading up to the mine.


Location: 47.857257, -121.465110 Altitude: 393.302002
Site of the old mill. The terraced stone foundations are still intact.


Location: 47.857201, -121.465123 Altitude:
Stone work of the old mill


Location: 47.856871, -121.464008 Altitude: 436.3208008
Collapsed adit #2.


Location: 47.856262, -121.463013 Altitude: 406.760376
Leave the road and turn left onto a boot path


Location: 47.856245, -121.461656 Altitude: 436.8359375
Trail junction. Turn Right to go to adit #1


Location: 47.856820, -121.461500 Altitude: 237.5697021
Adit #1, is filled with water. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. The area is unstable, and many life threatening hazards exist.

Adit #1

Location: 47.856834, -121.461400 Altitude:
Hiker at the entrance to adit #1

Filled passage

Location: 47.856834, -121.461389 Altitude:
Inside look of adit #1 filled with water.


Location: 47.857354, -121.460845 Altitude: 504.8140869
The ceiling collapsed to expose stope #1, which is a large open pit. A three tiered wooden platform is still present. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. The area is unstable, and many life threatening hazards exist.

Stope #1

Location: 47.857338, -121.460751 Altitude:
Hiker looking at the platforms inside of stope #1

Water logged

Location: 47.857396, -121.460912 Altitude:
One of many places in the pit where water comes through the walls and drenches you.


Location: 47.858245, -121.462736 Altitude:
This ventilation hole drops 150ft to the bottom of stope #11


Location: 47.858379, -121.463102 Altitude: 521.1564941
Stope #11 is another open pit. Look up to see the ventilation hole in the ceiling. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. The area is unstable, and many life threatening hazards exist.

Stope #11

Location: 47.858360, -121.463004 Altitude:
A few cross beams are intact inside of this stope


Location: 47.858296, -121.462832 Altitude:
Looking up at the ventilation hole in the ceiling of the stope.


Location: 47.858360, -121.463143 Altitude:
Exposed minerals.


Location: 47.858030, -121.462670 Altitude: 511.7836914
Adit 3 is collapsed. A pile of large boulders blocks the entrance.

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