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I knew from Satellite map reconnaissance that our first trailhead was beyond a mine so I’m not surprised when we pass the Galena Mine¹ signs and gates up Lake Gulch Road from Wallace. I am surprised, though, that we end up in a gravel lot picking our way between buildings. The mine is operational and we half expect someone to yell at us.


I am doubtful but remain faithful to the line on the GPS and soon see the trail behind a building leading up the mountain under a thick cover of trees.


¹ U.S. Silver & Gold, “Galena Complex”:

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Taken on September 4, 2011