The Ingersoll Mine is something we discovered existed last spring. It’s an incredible place and if you like to know about all the little secret hot spots in the Black Hills hiking scene, this would be one you should check out.
How to get there:
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||43° 54′ 21” North , 103° 26′ 46” West|
- Head to Keystone.
- Take a right on Old Hill City Road (to head west towards Hill City).
- Travel about 2 miles (pass K Bar S Lodge and Kemp’s Kamp).
- Keep your eyes open for Echo Valley Drive on your left. As soon as you pass it, the little trail pull-off will be on your right.
It’s super easy to miss the trail head. There’s literally a spot for 2-3 cars (maybe) to pull in and park, and the trail is visible once you get out and peek around the big rocks separating the trail from the parking area.
The hike is a fairly easy uphill hike although my out-of-shape arse had a tough time making it up the hill with seeming like I had run a mile or two. It’s about a half hour hike up. Very rocky. Broken and discarded pieces of metal litter the area around the trail once you get closer to the actual abandoned mine building.
Seriously such a cool building. Sadly, it’s littered with trash and graffiti. But, still, such a cool building. Climb even higher once you are up there and soak in the views – ridiculous Custer State Park views. I always get super giddy about places filled with history. Like, this place was actually a real thing.
We didn’t make it into the actual mine shaft part since (as you can see) the light was fading on us. We’ll be going back for sure to explore the rest of the area.
I found this little gem of an article with more info, if geek out about this stuff like I do and want to read more about the abandoned South Dakota mine.