The Beaverdale Mine claims are found in and above scenic Illinois Basin. There is no established trail that leads to the basin so route finding and navigation skill are essential when undertaking this adventure.
Our visit to the Blewett Ghost Town site was light on hiking but heavy on history.
The ghost town of Wellington sits just below Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains. It was once an important stop on the Great Northern Railway and became infamous for an avalanche disaster.
The ghost town of Lester sits on the upper reaches of the Green River near Stampede Pass. It was once an important stop for steam locomotives on the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Part of the grand mining tradition of the Skykomish Valley, Pride of Index & Honeymoon abandoned mines are located along the trail to Lake Serene near the town of Index.
Take a short off-trail trip to a small abandoned mine.