In The Desert
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Gleason Canyon 2
Nevada, Gold Springs, Utah
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Kilns, Rock Enclosure, Mines, Cabin
What more could you ask for on a daytrip in the desert? We've been in this area before (see links at the bottom of the page). But there is always something new to be found, and we've found several new things!
About the Kilns: They stacked 50 cords of wood into each one and then took 30 days to get the charcoal once they were fired up. The littlest mistake in air flow could ruin the whole run. A lot of the big trees in the area are now gone because of this. The charcoal was shipped to the Bullionville mill and to Pioche to process ore.
Gleason Canyon Video, Slideshow
A fun trip with a lot of great scenery. Not challenging in any of the places we went, only a very few places would require 4 wheel drive.
Gleason Canyon Topography Map
There is a lot more to see in this desert area, but this should spike your interest to do some exploring in an area rich in history with great scenery, old mines and cabins. Enlarge for more detail.
Download the GPX track for this trip here ---
This trip was to go back to Gleason Canyon and take a closer look at the stone/rock work in the canyon with others to try and decide what it was used for. We all pretty much decided that it was a wind break for cooking. Used by who? Probably a rancher, or one of many people that were cutting down trees back in the 1870's for the kilns. We did find out that the kilns were built in 1870 which makes them 147 years old! Unbelieveable!
Rock Cooking Structure
If you take this trip and follow the GPX track then you may want to visit a couple of other places in the area. Like Deer Lodge Canyon or Fay, Nevada. See the links at the bottom of the page.
Bud & Carol, Wayne, Barbara, Ron and Gil and all came along with Don & Linda for this 70.6 mile long trip that took 6 1/2 hr's. to complete. Of course we made some stops that are included in that time.
Bud found the Etna Mine on the way out of Gold Springs. It is now leased by TriMetals Mining Inc. in Vancouver, British Colombia. The mine shaft is 173 ft. deep and there are 2 open stopes and 2 levels (all closed off by Utah DNR. This was a gold mine back in the day. Some old buildings and an ore shute are still on the property today. (See the video above).
Finding the Charlie Ross cabin destroyed by fire was a real let-down, but it's all part of nature. Finding the Etna Mine was a real plus on the trip. Other trips into this area below ---