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    Mineral claim stakes among the trees are the first hint that this road may have served other uses in addition to logging, but the mill foundation and scattered diamond-drill core boxes at km 19.7 may come as a surprise. The mill equipment once served the Golden Contact operation on McGillvray Creek, west of Lillooet, and was moved here in 1967-68 by Roy Huff of Princeton.According to the BC Mines and Petroleum Resources 1968 Annual Report, “The construction of the mill was completed, a tailings dam built, and a trial run made of 150 tons of ore. An adit was collared and driven 32 feet, and some ore stockpiled at the mill site.”Huff set up Silver Tip Explorations Ltd. to mine copper, zinc, silver and gold on nearby claims, but problems, including a shipment of concentrates that went astray in Vancouver, kept Huff from successfully mining the mineral deposit.Beyond the mill remains, the Whipsaw Trail climbs westward, crossing Fortythree Mile Creek near km 21 before reaching another junction. Although the better looking road swings to the left, the “deactivated” road to the right is the route to the Hope Pass Trail and the upper reaches of the Whipsaw Trail. In mid-October, 2008, the road was rutted in places but still quite passable with a 4x4 pickup truck to the Corral Creek cabin (km 22.8). If you are driving a low-clearance vehicle or pulling a horse trailer, this could be the end of the road for you.The “Hope Trail” sign at km 23.5 marks a potential destination as well as possible diversion. Beyond the Hope Trail signpost, the gravel road winds up through the timber to the alpine meadows of Kettle Mountain. A decaying cabin on the east brow of Kettle Summit (km 27.2), built in the 1920s with a high and low level entrance, serves as a landmark for the nearby gravestone of Richard Holding (1901-1976).**** Holding (a.k.a. Holden) was a distinguished looking outdoorsman and trapper who made Princeton his base, but enjoyed life on the mountain ridges. It is said that his father was a Hudson’s Bay Company man who came to the area when **** Holding was a young lad.The remains of this mountain man were laid to rest amid a lush garden of Hellebore and Western Anemone that stretches for several kilometres along the windswept ridge. Just behind the cabin, a rough road leads down to a small pond and an excellent spot to camp for the night and watch the deer drink in the morning mist. Dwarf huckleberries and wild strawberries provide a tasty addition to the morning pot of porridge when the season is right.Beyond **** Holding’s cabin, the main road (now little more than a trail) follows the ridge north through the alpine meadows of Granite Mountain, offering a spectacular view of the Cascade Mountains to the southwest before beginning the descent to Wells Lake and the headwaters of Arrastra and Blackeyes creeks.
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    Exceptional post and pics. You have some wonderful ghost towns in your area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin View Post
    Exceptional post and pics. You have some wonderful ghost towns in your area!
    Thanks! Yes, we're very lucky on the west coast Hoping to do another trip to Sandon and Cody this summer.

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    GREAT post...........Thanks..............Speedy

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