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D.A. Mutch Mine
D.A. Mutch Mine
 

Hidden by the reclamation efforts of nature, the D.A. Mutch mine sits open for anyone who manages to find it's opening, beckoning those with a sense of adventure to dart inside. Alas, it doesn't have much to offer those who do.

Location attributes for D.A. Mutch Mine
Location   Timiskaming District, Ontario
Built :: Closed   N/A :: N/A
Status   Abandoned
Difficulty   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hazards Risk   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Security Risk   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
AUE Rating   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

The D.A. Mutch mine proved to be more elusive than planned. Access to it was off the shores of Lake Timiskaming, which was fine... until we discovered that the access road to it had partially been reclaimed by nature and simply didn't exist any more, while the rest of it was now part of a resort nested on the steep shoreline. Undeterred, we parked outside of the resort area and quickly hiked through, trying our best not to intrude on anyone who was at the resort, and disappeared into the woods where the road once was.

And then we bushwhacked. And bushwhacked some more. And when that got boring, we continued to bushwhack. Nature had heavily overgrown the access way, with only the faintest remnants of a trail left to follow for the half a kilometre from the edge of the resort to where our maps told us the mine should be. Along the way, we passed by what appeared to be small concrete foundations, so we knew we were on the right track.

Finally, we found the adit tucked back into the rockface. If there had been anything to this site right outside of it, they were completely obscured now. A cursory check was done, then we made out entrance... and found the end about 150 metres later, with no drifts to be found.

There is a nice timbered section about halfway down the adit, but beyond that, the mine did not offer us as large a reward as we had hoped after pushing our way through the forest cover. But that's how it goes, especially with mine sites... something you hit a jackpot of a site, and other times not so much. D.A. Mutch falls into that latter category, but at least there were some photos to be had of it.

 
 
 
 
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