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Edna Mine & Devils Canyon Overlook

Canyons of the Black Ridge Wilderness | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

I’ve really been slacking on my After Work Adventures for a while now and had really hoped to change that this spring, but so far I haven’t got out for one hike during the week this year. Well, that finally changed today when I left after work and headed back up into the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness to search for the Edna Mine, which is an old Uranium mine found near the head of Devils Canyon that was active during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The temperature was into the low 80’s when I started hiking and the sky was pretty cloudy, but the strong winds helped keep me cool and the clouds started to open up a bit while I was exploring the mine, so it turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon for a hike.

Hiking into the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness on an old closed mining road.

Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

After following a couple of twists and turns while descending about 600 feet, I spotted the remains of the Edna Mine in this cliff band.

Edna Mine Location

Here are a couple different views from the front of the Edna Mine.

Edna Mine View

Underneath

Above

The entrance to the tunnel.

Tunnel Entrance

Edna Mine Tunnel

Edna Mine Tunnel

A little deeper inside the tunnel.

Deeper In the Tunnel

Looking out from inside the tunnel.

Mine View

This is a piece of mining equipment I found just above the mine as I started hiking back. Shorty after leaving this spot I was rattled at by a small rattlesnake in the middle of the old road. I quickly jumped out of the way!

Mining Equipment

During my hike back I stopped at a great overlook of Devils Canyon and was very happy that the clouds and light cooperated with me!

Levels

Devils Canyon

Devils Canyon

Devils Canyon Overlook

Devils Canyon Overlook

Following the old roadcut back to the trailhead.

Old Mining Road

Here’s one last view of the Grand Valley before I returned to my Jeep and drove back home.

Grand Valley View

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