Last month we returned to do a hike to the Lost Mine and the Boulder Caves in SGL 57. In order to protect these places, I will not reveal their specific location.
We parked at the parking area for the well-known mine and hiked an old grade over Red Brook, a mere trickle. We followed a series of old trails and jeep roads into a hemlock forest where we turned left to look for the rumored remains on a Model T. We hiked this trail out through beautiful, and at times wet, forests. We reached a trail to the right so we hiked down that for a bit as it passed near a wetland with spruce and snowgrass. It felt like wilderness.
We retraced our steps and as we did we saw the “Model T”. I’m not sure if that is what it actually was, but it was an old car of some type with some rusted metal decaying in the woods and a surprisingly small engine block.
We then made our way to the Lost Mine, embedded among ledges and cliffs. It almost appears to be a natural cave. It is possible to go back into the cave, but the low ceiling will require you to stoop, and then crawl. We didn’t venture very far back in. Hopefully the bats are getting good use of it.
Our hike continued along the escarpment to the east, passing chasms, huge boulders, and boulder cities. A gradual climb brought us to the impressive Boulder Caves, where 40-50 foot boulders have separated created chasms, caves, and passageways. It is a unique, wild place. Moss and ferns draped over the rocks under a forest of hemlock and spruce. After enjoying nature for a different perspective, from within the ground, surrounded by rock, we retraced our steps back to the car.