Alstead Mica Mine

Alstead Mica Mine near Keene, NH


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
1 mile
1 hour
easy
Hiking
Summer
Keene, NH
User EMS Newton
Water-filled mine. This swimming hole in on private property and the owner has graciously allowed swimming in the water filled mine. Please respect the area and the equipment used by the owner. Great Swimming and Jumping.

This is a very large mine (the size of a large slate quarry), almost 200 feet deep in one spot (said to be verified by a diver.) Has massive cliffs, the highest is about 50 to 60 ft., great for jumping or just swimming; be careful as some of the rocks on the cliff face are unstable. Water is clean and cool, not freezing. A recent visitor writes : "...the property is not abandoned and the road is used by its owner and his employees. The one I met was camping there for the weekend, keeping an eye on the equipment for the owner and really just taking a vacation in the woods. He was completely OK about us swimming there, and gave no hint that his boss would feel otherwise, but I advise respectful behavior toward the site, the equipment found there, and anyone else at the site. Some of the rocks on the ledges above the quarry are quite loose, and some fell, with considerable force, while I was swimming! They had been dislodged by a kid playing near the edge, so avoid swimming anywhere near the edge of the pool unless you are sure that no is up there who could dislodge any of the loose material up there."

Directions:

lat=43.15875, lon=-72.32558(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area)


http://maps.google.com/maps?&z=10&q=43.15875+-72.32558





Water-filled mine. This swimming hole in on private property and the owner has graciously allowed swimming in the water filled mine. Please respect the area and the equipment used by the owner.





From Keene, take RT 12A north to Alstead. From Alstead, take RT 123 east about 2 miles from downtown then take a left on Cobb Hill Rd. Go up this road about a mile and take FIRST left just PAST a road that is marked as "No Trespassing". Look for the red house right across from a clearing. If you are facing the field, the small road is on the left. Go down this very sketchy dirt road for a mile or so (there is a fork in the road, keep right) until you get to a gate with a lot of signs on it. The road is in very bad shape. It is very likely that you will bottom out your car on this road, so proceed with extreme caution. Park to the right below the gate and hike up the rest of the road (about 1 mile) and you cant miss it.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By donnawardPosted By: donnaward  - Tue Sep 02 12:47:32 EDT 2014 Not Rated Question I have been trying to update the directions to the Mica Mine in Alstead, but I see that no changes were made when I entered them in Wiki. I then went to 'post a review', but I do not see where I am supposed to post it. The directions on this site are not accurate as we were just there a week ago and it took us a long time to find the road based on the directions currently posted. A man who lives across the street from the road to the mine was able to point to the road for us. The road was not sketchy at all, it was very well maintained.

From Keene, take RT 12A north to Alstead. From Alstead, take RT 123 east about 2 miles from downtown then take a left on Cobb Hill Rd. Go up this road 7/10 of a mile and take a left on a dirt road across the street from a gray shingled house. Drive down the dirt road for about a mile (there is a fork in the road, keep right) until you get to a gate with a lot of signs on it. Park to the right below the gate and hike up the rest of the road (about 1 mile) and you can’t miss it. There is a path that goes around the gate that can be used by motorcycles to get to the mine.

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