Book Review: The Mining Camps Speak

The Mining Camps Speak by Beth and Bill Sagstetter is an essential read for anyone who enjoys exploring abandoned mines, cabins, or ghost towns. This is especially so for people who are new to this type of exploring. The Sagstetter's have put their decades worth of knowledge and experience into this book that is both handbook and history. So instead of just stumbling around old cabins, The Mining Camps Speak tells you what you are looking at and helps you gain a much deeper understanding of any old abandoned site you happen to be visiting. Each chapter discusses a different…

Tie Camp along North French Creek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8sfA75hKqY There is a place in the big meadow on the north end of the Tie Hack Trail where you can just barely see one of the log walls of a cabin. And to be honest, it's hard to be certain that it is a log wall until you start making your way toward it. When you get close you'll realize this is not just a cabin but an old Tie Hack Camp. This is a great site, I counted the remains of seven separate buildings. While none of them have anything left that resembles a roof most have significant portions…

Should we share unique places (and risk losing them)?

We started Just Trails to show people the amazing places they can go and visit. And to make it as easy as possible for anyone to visit those places. But I feel compelled to say something about not ruining the scenery and history while exploring. As a general rule, people should take only pictures and leave only foot prints. (I think I got that from the Leave No Trace website but I couldn't find it when I went back to look) Speaking of leave no trace; for backpacking and camping, those principles are a no brainer and can be found…

Old Cabin Near Quealy Lake Trail

We love old log cabins around these parts. These two are certainly unique. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FJAziL_SAs You first catch a glimpse of these cabins about half way through a wide meadow just South of Quealy Lake on the West side of Medicine Bow Peak. One of the cabins is in pretty good shape. My favorite feature is covered front porch.  Even in its current condition, it is still better than anything I could put on my house. The second cabin is in much worse shape. I'm sure it's foreshadowing the fate of its partner as  each winter takes it's toll. [caption id="attachment_1722"…

Mine on Rock Creek

I like finding things that I'm not expecting to find. After hiking along Rock Creek Trail I came across this old one room log cabin after a mile and a half. It sits in a great spot right off the trail, among some trees and a stones throw from the creek. A few hundred feet beyond the cabin on a steep side hill above the creek I saw two pieces of metal sticking out of the ground under the trail. As I got closer, they started to look like rails and when I reached them and looked up the hill…