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San Diego North Star Gold Mine

San Diego’s Abandoned Gold Mine North Star Mine

There aren’t too many mines left in the mountains east of San Diego that I haven’t yet explored and documented. The North Star Mine was on that list of unexplored mines until yesterday when we set out to find and explore it. The mine’s entrance is severely eroded which requires explorers to enter the mine on their stomachs for about 35 feet. After that, the tunnel opens up nicely and heads straight into the mountain. In the back, the tunnel splits into three short tunnels. Two of these side tunnels seemed to end at collapsed vertical shafts which we located outside the mine higher on the mountain. Read more »