West Magnolia Professional Review and Guide
"The route described here starts at the lesser-used southern end and finishes at the popular West Magnolia recreation area. Here you can camp, hike, mountain bike and snowmobile. ATVs and dirt bikes are allowed on numbered forest roads only. Camping is free but you must camp in numbered sites. All sites are first come, first serve. Road 105 (the southern portion) passes through an historic mining area but much of the land is private. Road 105 passes within 100 feet of the impressive Lone Star Mine, where a significant portion of the structure remains with large pieces of mining equipment scattered on the ground. Champion Mill, with an incredibly intact 10-stamp press, is located within a short hike of F.S. 105; however, the mill is located on private property very close to a newly built home of the property owner. I spoke with him directly. He was very accommodating considering all the problems he’s had with trespassers. He shared with me horror stories about how he’s been shot at and how his property has been vandalized. Despite this situation, he’s still willing to let responsible people hike to the mill from the north side, provided they are quiet, courteous, leave the site exactly as found and don’t hold him responsible for injuries. Anyone making trouble could be charged with trespassing. Absolutely no motor bikes or ATVs are allowed on hiking trails. He asks, too, that you do not drive up the road to his house, which is clearly marked (see photo). Please note: Equipment from this site is scheduled to be removed and displayed at the Nederland Mining Museum soon. Go to our Web site at www.funtreks.com for latest status. Southern half of route is mildly steep and chewed up in a few places and 4-wheel drive may be necessary. Northern half is easier. West Magnolia Road is graded gravel."