Summer Guide: A Deliberately Vague Guide to OC Mines

Summer Guide: A Deliberately Vague Guide to OC Mines

Silverado Canyon didn't get its name for nothing. The canyons high above Orange County's citrus groves and broad beaches are perforated with mines. An old ledger housed in the Orange County Archives bears signatures on hundreds of claims filed a century ago by those in search of silver, tin, gold and oil. While those hunting for a connection to Gold Rush history need look no farther than their own back yard, be warned: Exploring mines is inherently dangerous, and a little common sense goes a long way.

In other words, stop reading here. Actually, don't. Because the Weekly doesn't want to make it too easy for every gold-crazed trespasser to traipse across some animal's pristine habitat, we'll let you do your own sleuthing for the exact directions to the locations discussed here.

Clue: Check the Internet. But bear in mind the area's unique geology brings added hazards, including tunnels with low oxygen levels and deadly gases. And with hundreds of shafts in the area, some are certain to be on private property.


Silverado Canyon didn't get its name for nothing. The canyons high above Orange County's citrus groves and broad beaches are perforated with mines. An old ledger housed in the Orange County Archives bears signatures on hundreds of claims filed a century ago by those in search of silver, tin, gold and oil. While those hunting for a connection to Gold Rush history need look no farther than their own back yard, be warned: Exploring mines is inherently dangerous, and a little common sense goes a long way.

In other words, stop reading here. Actually, don't. Because the Weekly doesn't want to make it too easy for every gold-crazed trespasser to traipse across some animal's pristine habitat, we'll let you do your own sleuthing for the exact directions to the locations discussed here.

Clue: Check the Internet. But bear in mind the area's unique geology brings added hazards, including tunnels with low oxygen levels and deadly gases. And with hundreds of shafts in the area, some are certain to be on private property.

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