Rhoades Canyon

Rhoades Canyon is a very interesting place. Several old symbols and mines still remain to be seen in this area. The road up the bottom of the canyon is actually shown on an early territory map created in the mid 1800's before this road was cut by the forest service. Definitely an old Spanish trail.

This symbol is supposed to represent "Hacienda", but I am skeptical as to its real meaning.
This symbols is repeated several times up the canyon.
You can see a very distorted one on the bottom of this tree.
This was on the largest quakie I have ever seen. I looks to me as someones name and the date 1800.
What could be a small Maltese cross.
 Further up canyon you can see this stone arrow next to the road.  It has been there as long as anyone can remember and it sure looks old to me. 

Rose Corp. Mines

These mines are not far from the road near the head of the canyon.  It looks like it has been a few years since they have been worked.  
 This one is named "Blue Tarp Mine".  I am guessing that the tarp used to be blue instead of the newer black one you see in the picture.  There are three holes in this area (see below) but there is no apparent mineralization that can be seen or any apparent reason for the mining.

Spanish Mine

Not far from the blue tarp mines is this interesting crevice. It is called "Spanish Mine" even though it is neither an old mine nor Spanish, so not a fair name to be given.  


We also came across this hole called "Money Pit".  Since we were running low on time we will have to come back to fully explore this one.  I stopped at a pit that drops a good 20+ feet and when I tossed a rock down I could hear it roll another 6 seconds before it stopped. There are no signs of mineralization or of any mining (except for some more recent diggings in the floor of the one of the pits).  It simply gets it's name from the many Spanish legends that are familiar to this area.

 Shane Coles down-climbing the entry chute.  I would not recommend doing this unless you are an experienced climber.  A rope and harness is the best way to navigate the majority of this cave.
 At the bottom of the entry pit there is a small hole with a rope running into it. After a tight corkscrew passage it opens up into a larger fissure (see below).

 I used this old rope/wood ladder to get down.  It is getting pretty water logged and is not safe to use as access into this pit.

The cave continues after the rope ladder.  This is where I stopped as the walls were a little too wet to try and down-climb on my own.

Gold Bar Cave

This cave is on of the largest in the area and was given the name based on the fact that the original explorer of the cave claims to have found a gold bar inside.

Most of the cave is crouching passage and there are no formations or minerals to see inside of it.

This monument is located on Lightning ridge. It was built for a man named Jesse Bigler, killed sept. 1917 by lightning. 


Wade said...

I came across this memorial the other day as I was out riding around. I didn't know Lightning ridge got its name from this incident. It's always fun to find little bits of history like this when you least expect it.

Anonymous said...

I was up on Lightning Ridge a few years ago. I was able to go off the main road and even off the ATV roads and hike up a side of the mountain and in the midst off the tree's was able ot see some cool symbols like a whale and other weird symbols. I took pictures I should post some time.

Also on the otherside of mountain range go up towards Grand Daddy Lake in the Aspen camp ground if you look up towards the west going towards lightning ridge around 9AM in the morning the sun hits the mountain just right and you can see the shadow of a priest. I got pictures of this as well. So I think that camp ground in that area may have been a rest area for the spaniards.

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