80 – Gargett Mine

This hike was so much fun! We had set up camp on High Pass (See Hike#79 – Low Pass/High Pass – Setting Up Camp) near the same location as the Garget brothers might have passed. This photo shows the brothers dragging a load of supplies over a snowfield in the early 1900s at High Pass – and happy camper Kent at our camp near a similarly located snowfield on that same pass.

High Pass snowfield - Garget brothers (early 1930s) . . . our camp
High Pass snowfield – Garget brothers (early 1930s) . . . our camp

We saw remains of that gold mine through our binoculars as we looked out to the lower left of Mount Larrabee, so decided to hike down to it and have a look around.

The Old Gargett Mine is down there . . .

Following the trail from the pass down to the mine ruins, we were amazed by the color of the mountain blueberries,

Along the trail . . .

Many blueberries were ripe and we feasted on their sweetness.

Blueberries – ripe blueberries . . . everywhere

Still some unsafe snow bridges along the trail, we hike off trail around this one, but couldn’t resist checking it out as we passed by.

Unsafe snow bridge . . .

Here we are, at what remains of the mine.

Checking out the old Gargett Mine

The mine shaft was flooded with water and obviously unsafe to enter, but it was still very interesting to look in and explore the area.

(pic by Kent) Checking out the mineshaft at Gargett Mine

Here we are, hiking back up to the pass, and snacking on more blueberries as we go.

Snacking on more blueberries . . . hiking out from Gargett Mine

Go here – http://bellinghamgargett.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/gargett-mine.pdf (pdf file) – for more information on the Garget Brothers Gold Mine.  If you find yourself on High Pass and have an extra hour or so, the hike down and back up to the mine makes a great side trip.

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