11. Metzger Mine (9.0 Miles)

Follow an 800-foot trail to the mine entrance.

     After most of the placer sites were staked, gold-bearing quartz veins were discovered in the hills to the north and down through Jacoby Gulch to the east.  The vein the miners followed when they dug this underground horizontal passage, or hardrock drift, is still visible above the mine entrance.

     Lode claims could not be worked without heavy machinery, so a wagon road became essential.  The miners pledged $1,500 and a road was cut by Jed Van Dusen down through Lower Holcomb connecting with the “new” toll road in Cajon Pass.   Soon after, a wagon hauled in a four-ton boiler to power the first quart mill.  The trip took 27 days from Los Angeles to Holcomb Valley .






A second shot at the Metzger Mine entrance.

I am standing at the entrance to the path to Metzger Mine.  There is a unique tree limb holding the site marker.  Looks like a giant sling shot!



This photo is from the last trip to Metzger Mine.  We were walking and talking along this gentle path when I began to hear a “noise.”  I said “shhhh” to my husband so I could better hear what seemed to be a steadily growing sound.  The moment we stopped walking and stood to listen we realized what the growing sound was…an agitated swarm of bees or hornets.  I have been past bee hives in the mountains before and enjoyed the gentle buzz of the busy bees, but this was no gentle buzz.  We immediately turned around and quick as we could headed back to the car.  The sound of the buzzing followed us part way back and I had one of the buzzers check me out and then we all parted our ways relieved we didn’t go around the bend and meet the agitated buzzers head on!  

1. Holcomb View Trail - 2. Last Chance Placer
Wilbur's Grave (Not on the tour)
3. Two Gun Bill's Saloon - 4. Jonathan Tibbett's Grasshopper Quartz Mill
5. Hangman's Tree - 6. Original Gold Diggings - 7. Belleville - 8. Arrasters
9. Ross' Grave - 10. Pygmy Cabin Site - 11.Metzger Mine
12. Gold Mountain A.K.A. Lucky Baldwin Mine