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…

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…

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…