Artic Mine Road

 Comments: Located near the town of Washington in the Tahoe National Forest this dirt road accesses some old gold mines and a powerhouse in Canyon Creek. The road is washed out but still accessible with a mountain bike.
  From the town of Washington: Head north through town and cross the bridge over the South Fork of the Yuba River. The first right after the bridge is Maybert Road. Following this road you will pass Kelleher day use area, and after a few miles you pass over the Canyon Creek Bridge Continuing on a short way brings you pass Golden Quartz day use area.
  From here the road begins a steep climb and near the top take a left at the intersection on to Artic Mine Road. About .75 miles brings you to a gate.{Gate picture}Continue through the gate to the bridge. {It's another 1.75 miles to the Artic Mine powerhouse from the gate.} The bridge washed out in the floods of 97. There is a way across Canyon Creek though. Where the bridge washed out there is a metal boardwalk across the creek. {Picture} Keep to the left after crossing the creek and you will see a place to climb the creek bank.
  After crossing the creek the road becomes a trail. Continuing you will pass a road cabin {cabin picture}and see the Mountain View Mine across the canyon. These two lode mines are active gold claims so be aware that it is also private property. You pass a right that drops down to the Mountain View Mine, keep to the left and its a short way to the Powerhouse
  There are great swimming hole around the powerhouse, clear and always very cold. It's easy to spend the day hiking and exploring this beautiful area. [The Canyon Creek Trail that used to drop in below the powerhouse has been rerouted recently. See the Canyon Creek Trail map...hmm I haven't posted that yet.]

Bridge pictures
Powerhouse and Artic Mine Pictures

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