Granite Ghost Town

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The road is completely impassable by car. We hiked in the last two miles, over steep and rocky roads. I would not try to take on the road with a vehicle unless you have at least 8 inches of ground clearance and a 4WD.


This is true if you take the road that Google Maps directs you to. The actual road isn’t bad at all. I probably wouldn’t take a sedan up it, but it’s nothing compared to the one @caitlinkimmet describes, which I, also, spent far too long trying to drive before deciding there is no way it could possibly be the right way. I’m honestly surprised we didn’t rip up the bottom of my SUV. We eventually gave up, descended, and found the correct road. Ignore Google Maps and get directions from locals or the State Parks office.

08/27/2020 - There are now signs posted which direct visitors up the most appropriate approach. Ignore googlemaps! The correct road has some ruts but nothing that will high-center you; I did meet a minivan on its way down. This may be a favorite among ghost towns I have visited. If you head uphill from old main street you can see the mining ruins. In my experience this was the highlight, though it should be obvious I did not approach any open shafts, because I am still alive and typing this report.