Saturday, May 28, 2011


Danger by dcclark

A mysterious hole in the ground near the old Belt (or Lake) Mine. There are (as far as I have found) exactly 2 such warning signs around all of "Belt Mountain", and appoximately 3 zillion holes in the ground which should be marked!

This hole was cool, but didn't have much airflow (which would denote a mine with open tunnels). On the bluff above here, there was a water-filled shaft which might have had some relation to this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

South Lake Mine adit

South Lake Mine adit by dcclark

Another in my series of photos from the South Lake Mine. This adit (horizontal entrance) was bored into the hillside. The roof ahead of this photo had collapsed at some point, opening up a large part of the neighboring shaft (seen in a previous photo). As you can see, there's still plenty of snow here -- inside the mine, there's ice!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

South Lake Mine shaft

South Lake Mine shaft by dcclark

Looking in to one of the South Lake mine's many entrances. This is one of the most spectacular open shafts that I've ever seen, although I don't think it was meant to be this way -- notice all of the fallen rock. There are actually two separate openings visible just in front of my fellow explorer, both of which lead in to a rather small mine. There are also many holes into the rock near this point, some of which join these tunnels, other are separate.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Looking out

Looking out by dcclark

Looking towards the outside world, from inside the South Lake mine. This is one of the most spectacular open shafts that I've ever seen. It's not just open... it's WIDE open. This is partly because the old mining companies which explored this area liked to drill lots and lots of holes in the ground, anywhere that looked promising. But it's also because those holes have collapsed and combined over the years, forming some much larger (but less safe) openings into the mines.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Middle Hungarian Falls

Middle Hungarian Falls by dcclark

An old favorite: Hungarian falls. The Hungarian falls are actually an extensive series of waterfalls, large and small, expressed along the Keweenaw fault. That great fault makes for some spectacular drops, including this "middle" falls. Despite their huge size, most of these waterfalls are only a trickle during the summer -- but they really come to life during the spring melt!

Previous views of these falls: the same middle falls from a different view (notice the rocks, which are in front of you in this photo), the huge lower falls, the uppermost falls, and a seasonal side fall.