|Going up the trail of our old hiking hill in eastern Nevada...|
|At the base of the dump lie a few pieces of metal.|
UPDATE 31Mar2013: The metal bars may be pieces of "strap rail," which would have been attached to wood to create an inexpensive rail system. H/t Guy Starbuck in the comments below; be sure to check out his fine website and blog, Starbuck's Exploring | Exploring historic mine camps and petroglyph sites of the Southwest.
|The trail then goes uphill to the side of the dump...|
|A small opening at the top of the mine dump goes into limestone bedrock.|
|Let's look a little closer!|
|Standing on the somewhat caved material at the adit portal, looking inside...|
|Not sure what this writing is all about.|
|The iron bar points down the adit.|
|Using the flash of my camera, we can see that the adit continues quite a ways into the hillside.|
|Now, back on the mine dump, we look south toward Ward Mountain|
in the Egan Range.
|Looking over the edge, we see the metal bars [strap rail?] at the base of the dump. Shall we go back down?|
|Three metal bars in the sun.|
|Closer view: metal bars and ephedra.|
|Looking back toward the metal bars, we decide to hike back down the hill.|