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 I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to nature After climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut MineThumbnailsThere aren't many pine trees up here, so it's odd to see that some of them burned recentlyAfter climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut MineThumbnailsThere aren't many pine trees up here, so it's odd to see that some of them burned recentlyAfter climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut MineThumbnailsThere aren't many pine trees up here, so it's odd to see that some of them burned recentlyAfter climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut MineThumbnailsThere aren't many pine trees up here, so it's odd to see that some of them burned recentlyAfter climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut MineThumbnailsThere aren't many pine trees up here, so it's odd to see that some of them burned recently

The road was cut out of the hillside, so it rises quite gently. The old stone support walls that prevent the road from washing out are still in fairly good shape.

I check the area around the pine tree here to see if there is any sign of spring water. Nope. I've brought my water filter and empty bottle on today's hike just in case.