Thunder from Deadwood Hike
|Trip Date: 04/15/2016
Distance: 5.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 2300'
Group Size: 4
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|An information sign near the trailhead with loads of historical info.|
|Nearby Deadwood Cemetary is a peaceful setting for an old, historically interesting cemetary for the gold mining locals.|
|The first mile is a relatively tame downhill along a section of the Western States 100 trail.|
|Finding the junction to the old trail down to Bogus Thunder means you will be following more of a hint of a trail from long ago as opposed to a well-defined route.|
|After a half mile of leaf-covered trail this 'Cross' tree will be ahead of you, with the path down the side of the mountain toward the river just ahead and on the left.|
|This is the trail heading down from the ridge near the Cross tree, probably the most welll-defined of the entire rest of the journey. Too bad the red dots weren't actually there while we were making our way down and back up afterward.|
some very nice views along the way down (and back up,) which allow a
brief pause to catch your breath or wipe away some of the poison oak
which has to be navigated through at some point along the way.
|Not quite to the river is the old Bogus Thunder mining campsite, with a pretty spectacular waterfall nearby and old mining equipment scattered about. This historical marker indicates the mining claim from the bygone era.|
bit to the water is well worth the extra effort, as you are rewarded
with a place all to yourself with ghosts of history all around you.
down to the water, there are a couple of mine locations nearby, and an
old cable still is visible strung across the river, as well as remnants
of an old wall or road support across the way.
a half mile to the east, following the water this direction is an open
area for camping (per some previously found reports,) but we were happy
to hang out in the spot and enjoy lunch.
all around the rocks were these fishing/mining weights, which after
picking one up was apparent why nobody had decided to haul them back up
from the falls near the mining site a little bit above our lunchspot
made for a fantastic setting as it cascaded down the mountain and
finally into the river next to us.
|Another look at the lush area
created by what must have been a very convenient water source for the
miners at the site.
a nice break and a chance to douse our feet in the cold water, everyone
was thrilled at the challenge ahead of climbing back up and out of the
the steady, steep climb up out of the canyon, flat trail was a welcome
sight as we headed back out to the WS100 and the last mile of gentle
uphill to the finish.
|GPS Track of the full hike.|