The Road to the Simon Lead Mine

Total Miles
23.2

Elevation

2030.74 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

The road to the Simon Lead mine is traveled via a well-maintained dirt road until the last 4 miles. The road then contains washed-out areas and narrow passages. According to https://www.nvexpeditions.com, small amounts of silver-lead ore were discovered and shipped from this district as early as 1879, but its importance didn't grow until the Simon Silver-Lead Mines Company was organized by P.A. "Pop" Simon in 1919. A post office was established on November 11 of that year, and in 1921 a 100-ton flotation mill was erected and a power line built from Hawthorne. In 1923, the mill was enlarged to 250 tons and continued to operate until January 1927. Around this time, the mine had around 25,000 feet of underground workings. The Simon mine was operated on a smaller scale into the 1930s. In 1931, an 18-hour power failure caused pumps in the mine to fail, and the bottom levels of the mine were flooded. The mine was un-watered in 1937 by the Bryan Mining Company but was allowed to fill back up because of a lack of funds and has since filled to the 450-foot level. Simon's post office closed on June 28, 1938 and the mill was burned by vandals in the 1990s.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

The road starts on the east side of State Highway 95 in Mina Nevada. The road is sometimes called the "dump" road or listed as the Simon Lead road. The Sunset RV park is located in Mina, Nevada and has large parking spaces with full hookups and is friendly to OHV vehicles.