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Lost Mica Mine off Rt. 113 N. Chatham NH. 90% easy hike up road. Last 30-40ft. loose gravel path.
Cache is a waterproof match container. We placed this cache to pass on its location, which was shown to us by an old friend. It's places like this that you hear only from word of mouth. The hike up is rather easy.
The entrance is not far from the Cold River and Basin Pond Campgrounds, Evans Notch off Rt. 113 N. Chatham NH. Recommended parking is at the gate on Basin Brook Rd. ( a small SUV could drive the dirt road to another spot to park for 1 car )Walk the dirt road South from the parking spot. At cords N 44 15.639 - W 071 00. 761 take the right turn West. There should be a large cut tree blocking the road. This will bring you to the base of the cart path used for the Mine.This spot will be N 44.15.627 W 071.00.800. ( DO NOT TRY TO BUSHWACK UP THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, USE THE CART PATH ) The cart path will make 2 traverses across the hill's face. At the end of the 2ND traverse cart path will become a mica gravel path for about 30-40ft. This is the steepest part of the hike. Please hold any children's hands at this point. The Mine Caverns will be at the top of this path and the ground will be level.
The only history we have is the Mine belonged to The Chandler Family. Who's ancestry dates back to the town being chartered. The Mine operated as a mica deposit first, then Feldsbar (white quartz) was mined til about 1920-1930's. Remnants of the Mine's past can be seen on the way up the cart road (cables,sheet metal, water pipes).
CAUTION; Children should be supervised for the final incline and while at the top.
NOTE; Mica is like thin sheets of glass and can be as sharp as glass. BE CAREFUL handling any rock in this area!
I have included a link for some history on Mica mining in NH. (visit link)
Note: Reception can be bad at times. Cache is located in a level area.
06/26/2010__Changed Difficulty to 1.5
To make sure everybody leaves with a Smiley we have changed the hint to be specific as to where the cache is located.
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- Inside Mica MineThis picture was taken from inside one of the two mica mine caverns.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum