Tubal Cain Mine Trail

Port Angeles, Washington

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A historic mining area dating from the turn of the century offers children a chance to walk into an old tunnel that still smells of sulfur, and to explore mining relics at what is left of the mining camp. Older children will want to find the broken sluice box and two-inch iron pipe beside a ruined shaft ventilator, and to search for the Pelton wheels and the old power plant below camp. Tell them Tubal Cain was the Biblical smith who forged bronze and iron tools—a fitting name for the mine, since iron and copper were being sought here. Thirty years before the mining claim, an exploring party must have met a bear here, because early hikers found a tiny grave with a cross dated August 5, 1865, beside an old tree, paying tribute to a dog killed by a bear in the explorers’ defense. This trail is a rhododendron garden of unsurpassed beauty from mid- to late June.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A historic mining area dating from the turn of the century offers children a chance to walk into an old tunnel that still smells of sulfur, and to explore mining relics at what is left of the mining camp. Older children will want to find the broken sluice box and two-inch iron pipe beside a ruined shaft ventilator, and to search for the Pelton wheels and the old power plant below camp.

Tell them Tubal Cain was the Biblical smith who forged bronze and iron tools—a fitting name for the mine, since iron and copper were being sought here. Thirty years before the mining claim, an exploring party must have met a bear here, because early hikers found a tiny grave with a cross dated August 5, 1865, beside an old tree, paying tribute to a dog killed by a bear in the explorers’ defense. This trail is a rhododendron garden of unsurpassed beauty from mid- to late June.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,500 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 136 Tyler Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Tubal Cain Mine Trail

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