Mount Field Mines - Yoho National Park - Hiking BC

 

Mount Field Mines in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Mount Field Mines, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Originally the current small village of Field, in British Columbia, west of the Alberta border, was established as 'Third Siding' in 1883 as a railroad station staging trains for the steep grade from the valley, up the Big Hill to higher ground.

Supplemental locomotives were attached to trains until completion of Spiral Tunnels in 1909.

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Following the early morning hike to Wapta Falls, on this leisure day to recover from yesterday's guided hike to Walcott Quarry, the drive travels 4 KM (2½ miles) east past Field followed by a turn left onto Yoho Valley Road to park at Monarch Campground perched beneath the sheer walls of 2,635 m (8,645 ft) Mount Field. 

The old mine shafts are at the top of slack heaps looking north to the south face of Mount Field.  In this area, there is an opportunity to hike the short 1.0 KM (⅝ mile) Centennial Trail a short distance further along the Yoho Valley Road and the fascinating 1.2 KM (¾ mile) Walk in the Past Trail.

Distances are one way.  Reference your map.  Photos of the remains of the Kicking Horse Mine follow.  This mine and the Monarch Mine on Mount Stephen were mainly sources of lead and zinc.  They remained in operation until 1952.

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Richardson Ground Squirrel in the fields beneath Kicking Horse Mine, Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Monarch Campground is easily accessible from the TransCanada Highway near the beginning of the Yoho Valley Road and is also an excellent location for a short, scenic stroll with a fascinating and rich historic component.  The mines are sealed to prevent admission to dangerous interiors.  Following the brief walk here, the drive continues west past Field to have lunch at a picnic table beside internationally famous Emerald Lake.

Photographs are taken on August 6, 2003.

 

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