The Burned Out Ghost Town of Coalville to Emigrant Pass Road

Total Miles
7.3

Elevation

1421.66 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

spring, fall, winter

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

Coaldale--a small town in Esmeralda County that lies 30 miles west of Tonopah--sprang to life in the 1880's due to an increase in coal mining (hence its name.) During its heyday, this now-abandoned town boasted a market, general store, post office, gas station, railroad depot, hotel, and small residential area. By the 1930's, this small town was more of a roadside stop than an actual destination. After EPA testing in 1993 found the service station's underground fuel storage tanks were leaking, the town's residents quickly "closed house" and abandoned their homes and businesses. The real story remains a mystery.

Technical Rating

4