Last week the weather was nice so I drove to Tom’s Place to load up on breakfast before attempting a hike to Little Lakes Valley. This is a popular hike due to the easy trail with little elevation gain to get to the Little Lakes Basin.
It was a nice hike along a mountain stream with green meadows and many alpine lakes.
All of the lakes have very clear water and I saw many fish but were small brook trout.
It turns out that the path that I was on was an old mining road from the 1930’s.
After reaching the end of the valley the road trail ascends Morgan Pass as seen in the photo below.
This was my original destination but of course I couldn’t leave without trying to find evidence of a mine. So a little farther on was this old one room cabin.
From the camp on all I saw was a dirt road that climbed the steep mountain and at this point I was not prepared to see what was up there. When I got home and researched the area I discovered that this was a tungsten mine that shut down in 2001 due to cheap imports from China. All of the mine buildings are still intact and could reopen quickly if need be. This is probably due to the military’s use of tungsten in armor, bullets, and other things.
See ‘ya on the trails……………………….