Dolly Varden silver mine

Dolly Varden silver mine near Aiyansh, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
52 kms
5hours
moderate
Mountain Biking
Summer
Aiyansh, BC
User xtremepeaks

Elevation gain: 1500ft

This abandoned silver mine used to produce large amounts of silver in the 1910-1940 era. There was a railway track from the mine to the docks. The old road is now being repaired by Anyox Hydro to access their hydro project - reviving the old hydro plant built 100 years ago. You will need their permission to bike or hike this privately maintained road.

The road itself is mostly good biking, but gains some 500 meters elevation. At km 26 you will see many mining remains, rusty trucks and equipment. There is a waterfall across, the fast Kitsault river below you and the mine entrances are in the vertical rockwalls on either side of a bridge. An old railway bridge used to connect the 2 mine tunnels.

For more info on the history of the mine - read the excellent book: Steel Rails and Silver Dreams by Darryl Muralt.

Directions:

Access to Alice Arm is complicated. You need to take a boat from Prince Rupert or Gingolx to the docks at Alice Arm. Or a float plane charter flight is available from Rupert, but is very expensive.

Otherwise you can drive logging roads starting some 30km east of Nass camp towards Kitsault, follow the signs across the Nass river and left then north. The road is gated some 7km away from Kitsault and you need to get permission from Mathew, the manager (250) 635-1935 to take a bike or hike down the road to the Kitsault docks on private property. And then you need a boat or a small packraft here to cross the inlet to the docks 1.6km away on the other side.

See my story in Northword magazine.

Alice Arm has been the site of 2 fatal helicopter crashes in the last 2 years, the latest one on August 6, 2008 near the Kitsault river.

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By xtremepeaksPosted By: xtremepeaks  - Tue Aug 10 18:04:19 UTC 2010 Not Rated Comment See my story published in http://northword.ca/august-2010/kitsault-alice-arm Northword magazine.
By xtremepeaksPosted By: xtremepeaks  - Mon Oct 27 04:37:45 UTC 2008 Not Rated Comment An exploration helicopter crashed here on Aug 6, 2008 killing the pilot and 3 contractors, while flying to a remote drilling site on Homestake ridge.


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