You can still find some amazing artifacts from LA’s mining days if you know where to look.

The dreaded Poodle-dog bush made the first part of this short but very steep hike a little challenging...

The location of this well preserved site is not well known and you won’t find it listed here. For those of you that do find it, it’s still not easy to get to. A steep hike through thick patches of poisonous Poodle-dog bush make this one of the most difficult sections of Angeles National Forest to traverse.

...and finally it came into view.

Its also not a place you want to run into any trouble at. One false step could lead you sliding down the mountain and getting you out could take awhile.

The small two story cabin is roofed and sided with corrugated tin shingles and is still standing after all these years.

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.

Two miners 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.

You don’t see many 2-story miners cabins still standing like this anymore, especially here, within the Angeles National Forest.

The patina was beautiful.

The first floor contains a work bench with numerous artifacts scattered about...

The first floor contains a work bench with numerous artifacts scattered about…

...including this old oil can...

…including this old oil can…

....and some other cool knick-knacks hanging above it.

….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.

There’s also a fairly well 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.

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The mine is located down a 80 foot slope east of the cabin.

The mine is located down a steep 80 foot slope east of the cabin.

It's small and only goes back about 60 feet.

It’s small and only goes back about 60 feet.

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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 may be a shorty but I still loved being inside of it.

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It appears that there used to be another shaft that was sealed off at some point. Presumably this was done soon after construction of Angeles Crest Highway reached this section of forest back 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.

We found this ore cart wheel at the bottom of a ravine below the cabin.

This was also found in the same ravine.

These were also found in the same ravine.

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Thank god I'm up to date with my tetanus shots.

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.

Not only was I exposed to the dreaded Poodle-dog bush but I also tore up my legs which is fairly easy to do when hiking this section of the Angeles National Forest. *Locations and directions to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.