It’s hard to believe that you can still find an old miners cabin and small mine less than a quarter of a mile from the Angeles Crest Highway, fully preserved and without any graffiti or any other vandalization.
The dreaded Poodle-dog bush made the first part of this short but very steep hike a little challenging, but we pressed on…
…until the cabin finally came into view.
The small two story cabin is roofed and sided with corrugated tin shingles and is still standing after all these years.
Two miners named Bell and Hartman did some small diggings here around 1900.
You don’t see many 2-story miners cabins still standing like this anymore, especially here, in Angeles Crest.
The patina was beautiful.
The first floor contains a work bench with numerous artifacts scattered about…
…including this old oil can…
….and some other cool knick-knacks hanging above it.
There’s also a fairly preserved 8 cylinder compressor on metal wheels. It is marked “Ingersoil-Rand Co” with the numbers ‘1942’ and contains an iron boiler with lettering stating it was tested on 11/03/23.
The mine is located down a 80 foot slope east of the cabin.
It’s small and only goes back about 60 feet.
It still contains the original ore cart rails that were used when the mine was active.
It may be a shorty but I still loved being inside of it.
It appears that there used to be another shaft that was sealed off at some point. Presumably this was done soon after construction of the Angeles Crest Highway reached that section in 1939.
Ore cart wheel found on the side of a slope on the way down to the bottom of the ravine below the cabin.
These were also found in the same ravine.
Thank god I was up to date with my tetanus shots.
Not only was I exposed to the dreaded Poodle-dog bush but I also tore my legs up which is not uncommon for me to do when I go hiking in Angeles Crest.