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Seafoam Mines

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 2
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.53676 W115.13050
  • Elevation: 7598 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 53
  • Benchmark Coordinates: C-D8 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 3


The way station at the foot of Vanity Summit was started by Mose Starker, who built two log buildings.  One served as a store and the other furnished lodging for the packers going in and out of the Seafoam mining district before 1895.  In 1905 the Greyhound Mining Company constructed a rough road over Vanity Summit.  Toll was charged to help defray the cost of the road.  The Wagon Town site was used as a change station for the freighters coming and going.  The town boasted a bunkhouse, a boarding house, a saloon and stables for the freight teams. Most of the old mines in the Seafoam district have adequate gravel roads leading to them.  Some of the mine properties are privately owned and are still working, but others make good sites to visit and photograph old buildings.  The road into Seafood Mine passes through the tiny settlement of Wagon Town, which served as a way station for the freighters traveling between the Greyhound Mine and Challis.  Discovered in 1886, the mines were predominately lead and silver.  The mill building at the Seafoam Mine still stands, as do several other large buildings.  The road in is rough and barely passable.

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I parked my bike where Harlan Creek crosses the road.  As of 6/24/2018 there were too many trees on the road to ride all the way.  I am guessing it is about 1 to 1.5 miles hike up to the mine from the creek crossing.  Lucky my new Sidi Crossfire 3 boots have hinged ankles.  The boots did very well.  It was uphill so I was a sweaty mess.   Still a nice ride and hike.

Posted by englund on 2018-06-24 16:38

 The last challenge site on a 7 day ride. Craig tried to get there from the top but the road turned to an atv trail. Arden and I went on the low road and this was the closest we could get.

Posted by shutterman on 2018-08-18 10:21

Photo was taken August 16 on a group ride with Arden Hill & Doug Patchin.  I followed NF-008 past the Seafoam Guard Statioin to near Josehus Lake where NF-009 takes off to the left (south).  It is an ATV trail and becomes quite knarly, especially for a fully loaded large dual-sport bike.  If you are going this way, I recommend a small bike.  We came back to NF-010 that turns south off NF-008 near the Seafoam Guard Station and followed it up to where you can see evidence of mining about 300 yeards straight up the mountain and about 1/4-1/2 mile from the actual site.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-08-21 10:01

 Arden looking up at Seafoam.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 11:36