Exploring the Batchelor Hill Gold Mine

Exploring the Batchelor Hill Gold Mine

Doug Smith  May 8, 2023 at 8:59 am

I hiked up to explore the old gold mine on Batchelor Hill.    The first time was in about 1977 and each time I have returned, there is less to see, but since the views are terrific from the top of the hill, it is still worth the effort.  

I started at the trailhead area just past Batchelor Lake which is mostly dry now.  

The route winds up the top of the eastern hill (not the Tower Hill) where the diggings can be found.   There is an article on the mine on this website with some details of the history of the mine – Batchelor Gold Mine.  

The exploration included checking out all the diggings, but also the new bike trails, wildflowers, birds, and the views from the top.    All photos by the author.   Click an image for a lightbox view and a caption.



A YouTube video also shares some of the moments of this hike.  

More explorations are ongoing!




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Doug Smith

Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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